Our Titanic Story

On Thursday 11th April 1912, one hundred and thirteen steerage passengers (third Class) boarded Titanic at Queenstown (Cobh) in Cork. Fourteen of these passengers were from Addergoole Parish (Lahardane). Eleven of these fourteen died when RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, east of Newfoundland, having struck an iceberg. These Titanic passengers are known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen.

The 3 who survived were; Annie Kate Kelly, Delia McDermott, Annie McGowan.

The 11 who perished were; Catherine Bourke, John Bourke, Mary Bourke, Mary Canavan, Pat Canavan, Bridget Donohue, Nora Fleming, James Flynn, Catherine McGowan, Delia Mahon, Mary Mangan.

The Addergoole Titanic Society believes that the loss of these 11 lives represents the largest proportionate loss of life from any locality on RMS Titanic. To put the loss in perspective, in 1911, the year before the RMS Titanic sank the population of the parish of Addergoole was 3,496 people living in 703 houses according to the Irish census of 1911. The eleven Addergoole passengers who perished represent 0.3% of that population, or 2% of all the Third Class passengers lost when Titanic sank. This was truly, an extraordinary loss for our small parish.

Their memory, their experiences of that night and the memory of all those who perished on that tragic night is to be commemorated by the Addergoole Titanic Society, the community of Addergoole and the people of County of Mayo, Ireland.

It is the belief of the Addergoole Titanic Society that their story was that of so many millions of other Irish emigrants right up to the point when the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on that freezing night of 14 April 1912.

The aim of adderggolefourteen.com blog is to explore the story of the Addergoole Fourteen, to place their story and experiences in the context of 1912 Ireland and the history of the parish of Addergoole and that of County Mayo.

2 thoughts on “Our Titanic Story

  1. I watched a documentary on the CBC here in Canada about the Adderggole fourteen tragedy. Such hope and such horror in an unbelievable journey of courage. I am the daughter of a woman who made the same journey alone in 1950. After seeing the show I goggled the 3rd class passenger list to see all the 14 names and came across one with same surname as my mom. That passenger’s name was Helen Corr and she survived in the Bronx until 1980, leaving no children. She was from Corglass, County Longford. My mom was from Belfast and her name was Mary Ann Corr. She passed away in 1994. The oldest of 10 and the only sibling to immigrate, we still have alot of family in Belfast. They all say Corr is a rare name so i may be related to Helen Corr of the Titanic.

  2. My grandaunt was Margaret Devaney who survived the sinking of the Titanic. I met her sometime in the 60’S when I was maybe 12 yrs old. She had quite the story as you can imagine. I am not sure but it sounds to me that she came not far from your town which can only expand on the impact the sinking had on the irish countryside.

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