Part 2. Saved or Perished? RMS Titanic, Mayo relatives anxious wait

This is article Two of Two, entitled “Saved or Perished? RMS Titanic, Irish relatives anxious wait”. Please see article One for background and context.

“We used get the paper and I used to read the paper for me grandfather. He’d hear all the news then. He’d sit down and I’d read the paper. Lord, it was terrible!” Continue reading

Part 1. Saved or Perished? RMS Titanic, Mayo relatives and their anxious wait

‘Liverpool, 4.30 p.m. Tuesday. Referring to your telegram re Titanic, deeply regret to say that latest word received is steamer foundered; about 675 souls, mostly women and children, saved’

Connaught Telegraph, 20 April 1912

How did the relatives of all those Irish aboard the RMS Titanic learn of the fate of their loved ones? Continue reading

Titanic Shipping Agents: Lobbying for Help

It is apparent that the two agents who sold the Addergoole Fourteen their tickets for trans-Atlantic passage aboard the RMS Titanic inadvertently became their advocates in lobbying for relief funds from the official fund established by the Lord Mayor of London. The lengths to which both shipping agents, Mr Thomas Durcan and Mrs Walsh of Castlebar, were admirable. The Addergoole Fourteen had booked their tickets with the two shipping agents some time before: Continue reading

RMS Titanic: Mayo Newspaper Coverage

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 ‘Liverpool, 4.30 p.m. Tuesday. Referring to your telegram re Titanic, deeply regret to say that latest word received is steamer foundered; about 675 souls, mostly women and children, saved’

                                        Connaught Telegraph, 20 April 1912

The coverage offered by county Mayo based newspapers was lacklustre and sporadic. The Connaught Telegraph published the most information relating to the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the Mayo connection. Continue reading

Titanic Relief Fund

Lahardane Village 1910 - Leonard Collection

An open letter from the parish priest of Lahardane, the Rev.J.J.Kelly, was printed in the Connaught Telegraph directly a few months after the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It is important as it indicates the dire predicament that families of those who had perished.

‘These poor young people left their native homes full of hope that they would soon be able to relieve the distress of their parents, who have tired in vain to support themselves and their families on small uneconomic holdings – mostly reclaimed bog. The conditions of the parents of those who went down with the Titanic from this district is now better imagined than described’

Connaught Telegraph, 1 June 1912 Continue reading