Bernard “Barney” McIlroy was born in Belfast, Ireland on 4 July 1885. Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, he was the son of Thomas McIlroy, a seaman and quay labourer, and Jane McCullough.
At the time of the 1901 census Barney was still at home with his family, then 43 Edward Street and he was described as a quay labourer.
With an address of 49 Edward Street and described as a fireman, McIlroy was married in Belfast’s St Peter’s Church on 13 August 1910 to Margaret Teague (b. 2 February 1884), a mill worker of 16 Currie Street. Their son Thomas was born in March 1911 and the family appear on the census that year as residents of 14 Currie Street.
McIlroy’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Africa. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
In the following years Bernard and his wife welcomed more children and eventually settled in England, making their home in Manchester where Bernard still maintained a sea-going career. He spent his last years at 245 Wilbraham Road, Manchester and died there on 2 October 1961.