Mr Andrew Keane

Mr Andrew Keane, known as Andy, was born in Toberroe, Greethill near Athenry in Co Galway 1, Ireland around 1889.

He was the son of Patrick Keane (b. 1838), a farmer, and Norah Kennedy 2 (b. circa 1851). His family were Roman Catholic and were fluent in both the Irish and English languages. His known siblings were: Ellie (b. 1878), Patrick (1885-1968), John (b. 1888), Michael (1890-1974), Maryanne  (b. 1894), Martin (1896-1981) and Thomas (b. 1902).

He appears on the 1901 and 1911 censuses living at house 1 in Toberroe, being described on the latter as an unmarried labourer. Aside from that he was also an athletic young man and heavily involved in Gaelic sports, particularly hurling and he helped carry his team - of which his brother Patrick was the captain - to championship on several occasions. By 1912 his mother was a widow (his father passed away around 1903) and he decided to join several siblings already in America.

Travelling with many items of Gaelic sporting ephemera, including hurley sticks and his sporting medals, alongside a melodeon (a type of accordion) for musical pursuits, Andy boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 12460 which cost £7, 15s) and he was destined for Auburndale, Massachusetts. It was here that his sister Ellie and brother John lived and it was they who sent money for his passage. Whilst aboard he is believed to have been acquainted with Honor Healy who came from a neighbouring townland in Galway.

Andrew Keane died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widowed mother later benefitted from the American Red Cross and the Titanic Relief Fund.



Gavin Bell


  1. Often incorrectly listed as being from Co Cork.
  2. née Harty (?)

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(2017) Andrew Keane Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #931, updated 22nd August 2017 10:50:01 AM)

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