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The Titanic's Tralee Doctor

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Queenstown, Monday.

It is a pleasure to know that the many memorials which are to be raised in connection with the Titanic disaster, the popular Irish physician, Dr F N O'Loughlin is not to be forgotten. In him the White Star Company lost the doyen of their medical service--their loved Commodore, one of the most lovable of men. Although well advanced in years, Dr O'Loughlin was full of the ardour of youth. He knew no dull moments and always looked at the bright side of things.

One of the last scenes on the deck of the Titanic is said to have been a sad one, namely that of a group of officers, including Dr O'Loughlin, the two pursers of [sic] their assistants, and some others, all joined in arms waited the final plunge of the great ship they were on.

The following notice of the proposed memorial to Dr O'Loughlin appears in the "New York Herald".--

"As a memorial to the late Dr William Francis Norman O'Loughlin, surgeon of the Titanic, friends in New York have put under way a movement to establish a pathological laboratory at St Vincent's Hospital, Seventh avenue and Eleventh-street. For this institution, Dr O'Loughlin had a special affection, and to it he sent his patients when in port."

Already several subscriptions have been promised, and the committee hopes that the many friends of Dr O'Loughlin in America, Ireland, England and France will join in the project. A tablet is to be placed in the laboratory commemorative of Dr O'Loughlin's life and heroic death, and expressing something of the affection in which his memory is cherished.

A Tralee Surgeon's Memory Honoured.
In the University College Chapel, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, on Monday, the memory of a former student of the old Catholic University (of which the present institution is the legal successor), Dr Wm F N O'Loughlin, was honoured by a solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul. Dr O'Loughlin was chief surgeon of the ill-fated ship Titanic, the details of whose loss on the 14th April two continents are deeply interested in. He went down with his ship at the post of duty. He was well known to the older alumni of the Cecilia Street Medical School, who held him in high esteem. The Rev Dr Hickey, Dean in residence, was the celebrant of the Mass. The choir was composed of clericals and students, and Mr Dillon Kelly presided at the organ.

The Rev P J Walsh, M.A., delivered a brief panegyric of the deceased doctor. The wreck of the Titanic, he said, was the most appalling and disastrous in the history of the mercantile marine. Dr O'Loughlin was commodore surgeon in the service of the White Star line, a distinguished student of the Catholic University of Ireland. In 1869 Mr O'Loughlin completed his course at the Cecilia Street School, and one would naturally expect that he ought to have received from his University a medical degree. But the Catholic University had neither public endowment nor a charter from the Monarch enabling her to confer degrees. He could obtain no medical degree from his own University. To Trinity College, a Protestant institution by its general flavour and complexion, he would not go, and consequently, like many another distinguished Catholic student in those days, he obtained no University degree, but only a license to practice. He became a licentiate of the King's and Queen's College of Physicians in Ireland. Dr O'Loughlin, though he protested against the continuance of Protestant domination, did not in private complain of the bar to professional advancement which the sacrifice he made might have entailed. Had Dr O'Loughlin survived, the rev preacher felt confident that he would receive a degree from the National University--a medical degree--against obtaining which in his student days his uncompromising Catholicity had been his only bar.

There was a large congregation. Among the clergy present were:--
Right Rev Monsignor Fitzpatrick, Very Rev Dr Watters, Very Rev N J Brennau (Blackrock College), Very Rev J Cogan (Terenure), Very Rev T O'Hanlon (Rathmines), Rev Canon Dunne (Clonliffe College), Rev G O'Neill, S.J. ; Rev W F Byrne, O.C.C. ; Rev M Dwyer, Rev P J Hooke, Rev Prof Shine.

Among the laity were:-- Sir Christopher Nixon, Vice-Chancellor National University ; Dr D J Coffey, Right Hon Dr Cox, Sir Joseph M'Grath, Mr A W Conway, Mr Swift M'Neill, K.C., M.P. ; Mr A M Sullivan, K.C. ; Prof R Donovan, Prof Cadic, Mr Hugh MacNeill, B.A. ; Dr J F Knott, Dr M'Walter (Alderman), Mr J W Bacon, Dr P J O'Farrell, Mr W S Meade, F.R.C.S.I.

[Dr W F N O'Loughlin, the senior surgeon of ss Titanic, and who went down with her on the morning of the 15th April, was born in Tralee. He was second son of the late Mr Wm O'Loughlin, and grandson of the late Mr Benjamin Mathews, of Nelson-street, Tralee.]


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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) The Titanic's Tralee Doctor (Kerry Sentinel, Saturday 25th May 1912, ref: #1741, published 28 August 2003, generated 13th July 2024 09:03:57 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/the-titanics-tralee-doctor.html