Titanic Passengers from County Mayo, Ireland and their Relationships

by a great-nephew of Anna Katherine Kelly

Titanic Passengers from County Mayo, Ireland and their Relationships

by a great-nephew of Anna Katherine Kelly

Fourteen passengers boarded the RMS Titanic on Thursday, April 11, 1912 in Queenstown, County Cork for New York City. They were all from the Lahardane area of County Mayo. It also appears that many of them were related, some closely, some more distantly. There is much in common with the maiden names of the mothers of many of these people traveling together and from the same area in County Mayo. The maiden names of the mothers of the survivors and deceased include the same names as the people who boarded the Titanic that day, such as:

Surname Titanic Passengers Associated With The Surname
Kelly Anna Katherine Kelly Patrick Canavan
Mayock Annie Kate Kelly (through her grandmother) Katherine McGowan Anna McGowan (through her grandmother)
Canavan Patrick Canavan, Mary Canavan James Flynn
Flynn James Flynn Mary Canavan
McGowan Katherine McGowan Anna McGowan Catherine McHugh Bourke Bridget Delia McDermott (through her aunt)
McDermott Bridget Delia McDermott
Bourke John Bourke Catherine McHugh Bourke Mary Bourke Mary Mangan

The duplications of names is interesting, as it highlights the inter relationships of the community in County Mayo.

  • John and Catherine McHugh Bourke were husband and wife married January 17, 1911. Mary Bourke was John’s sister. On April 14, 1912, the day the RMS Titanic sunk, John and Catherine Bourke had been married a little under 15 months. Catherine McHugh Bourke was related to Katherine McGowan as Catherine’s mother or grandmother was a McGowan.
  • Katherine McGowan was related to Annie Kate Kelly. As far as can be determined, it was probably through her maternal grandmother Bridget Mayock who may have been a sister of Annie Kate’s Mayock grandmother. Anna McGowan must have also been distantly related to the Kelly’s.
  • Mary Canavan and Patrick Canavan were first cousins.
  • Patrick Canavan was also a cousin (possibly a second cousin on the Kelly side) to Annie Kate, as Patrick’s mother was Bridget Kelly, possibly a cousin of Annie Kate’s father John Kelly. Patrick Canavan was born in September 1890. Annie Kate was born January 17, 1892, making Patrick a little over a year older than Annie Kate and the cousin she looked up at standing at the railing of the Titanic as she was lowered in the lifeboat.
  • Mary Mangan may have been related to the Bourke’s, as her mother was Bridget Bourke.
  • James Flynn was related to the Kelly’s and the Canavan’s. His mother was Ann Canavan. How he was related to Annie Kate Kelly is not clear.

A summary of information on the fourteen passengers from Lahardane, County Mayo, Ireland.

  Lahardane, County Mayo Passengers Traveling Together on the RMS Titanic
Name Age Saved Born Class Relationships
Bourke, Mary 41 No Carrowskehine, County Mayo 3rd Sister of John Bourke Sister-in-law to Catherine Bourke
Bourke, John 43 No Carrowskehine, County Mayo 3rd Husband of Catherine Bourke Brother of Mary Bourke
Bourke, Catherine McHugh 32 No Tawnagh, County Mayo 3rd Wife of John Bourke
Canavan, Patrick 21 No Knockmaria, Lahardane, County Mayo 3rd 1st Cousin of Mary Canavan Cousin of Anna Katherine Kelly
Canavan, Mary 21 No Tonacrick, Lahardane, County Mayo 3rd 1st Cousin of Patrick Canavan
Donohoe, Bridget 21 No Cum, Lahardane, County Mayo 3rd  
Fleming, Honora 24 No Lahardane, County Mayo 3rd  
Flynn, James 28 No Cuilkillew, County Mayo 3rd Related to the Kelly’s Related to the Canavan’s
Kelly, Anna Katherine 20 Yes Cuilmullagh, County Mayo 3rd 1st Cousin of Patrick Canavan Cousin of James Flynn
Mahon, Delia 20 No Derrymartin, County Mayo 3rd  
Mangan, Mary 32 No Carrowskehine, County Mayo 3rd  
McDermott, Bridget Delia 31 Yes Lahardane, County Mayo 3rd  
McGowan, Ann 14 Yes Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA 3rd Niece of Katherine McGowan
McGowan, Katherine 42 No Lahardane, County Mayo 3rd Aunt of Anna McGowan Related to the Kelly’s

Related Biographies:
John Bourke
Mary Canavan
Patrick Canavan
Bridget Donohoe
Honora Fleming
James Flynn
Anna Katherine Kelly
Bridget Delia Mahon
Mary Mangan
Bridget Delia McDermott
Katherine McGowan
Anna "Annie" McGowan

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