County Clare’s three Titanic passengers were remembered at a ceremony at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis last night (Monday 14 May 2012).
Martin McMahon (20), Daniel Keane (35) and Mary Agatha Glynn (19) were the County’s sole passengers on the ill-fated liner, which sank after colliding with an iceberg on its maiden transatlantic crossing from Southampton (UK) to New York (US) in April 1912. Mary Agatha, a native of Flagmount, survived the sinking while the bodies of the two Clare men were never recovered.
One of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, Titanic was designed by Thomas Andrews from Co. Down and built in Belfast at Harland & Wolf Shipyard. In total, just 712 of the ship’s 2,228 passengers were saved. Records show that 110 Irish lost their lives and 54 survived the sinking.
A number of ceremonies marking the one hundredth anniversary of ship’s sinking took place around the world last month, including at Cobh (formerly known as Queenstown) where Clare’s Titanic passengers began their journey on Thursday 11 April 1912.