County Clare remembers those locals on board during the Titanic sinking

Artist impression of the sinking of the Titanic as survivors look on

County Clare’s three Titanic passengers were remembered at a ceremony at Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis.

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.

A number of ceremonies marking the one hundredth anniversary of the 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.

Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Hayes was joined by relatives of the passengers as he unveiled a plaque dedicated to the memory of the three passengers at Áras Contae an Chláir. Mayor Hayes said the plaque had been commissioned to ensure Titanic’s Clare passengers would be remembered by future generations.

Speaking at the event, Mayor Hayes said, “More than one hundred years on, many people remain fascinated by the story of Titanic. The ship was regarded as the pinnacle of man’s engineering ability while many of its First Class passengers were drawn from some of the world’s best known and wealthiest families.

“The ship also was regarded as a microcosm of society at the time due to its segregated class system, and the fact that the majority of those saved emanating from the First Class section of the ship.”

Mary Agatha Glynn, from Flagmount, survived the sinking. She was on her way to start a new life in Washington when the White Star Liner collided with an iceberg on the evening of 14 April 1912. After being rescued in Life Boat 13 by the Carpathia and taken to New York, the Third Class passenger carried on to Washington, where she lived until 1955. The East Clare native died aged 61.

Farm labourer Martin McMahon from Cragbrien, Tiermaclane, also a Third Class passenger, died in the world’s most famous maritime disaster along with 35-year-old Daniel Keane from Gallows Hill in Cratloe. Mr. Keane, a second class passenger, had planned to travel on to St Louis, Missouri, after arriving in New York City. Mr. Keane’s body, if recovered, was never identified.