Miss Honor Healy was born in Greethill, Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland on 9 April 1879.1
Born into a Roman Catholic family, she was the daughter of Thomas Healy (b. 1841), a farmer, and Mary Martin (b. 1841). Her known siblings were: Margaret (b. 1866), Mary (b. 1868), John (b. 1871), Bridget (b. 1876), Catherine (b. 1884), Patrick (b. 1886) and Ellen (b. 1887).
Honor appears on the 1901 and 1911 censuses living with her family at house 2 in Greethill, Athenry. Her father had passed away by the time of the latter record and on which she was described as an unmarried farmer.
Honor was travelling to Manhattan, New York where she had several family members, including an aunt. She boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 370375 which cost £7, 15s). It is believed she was already acquainted with fellow Athenry passenger Andrew Keane.
On the night of the sinking, Honor was rescued in lifeboat 16.
It has been suggested that her experiences pushed Honor over the edge. Speculated to be slightly mentally fragile already, she had a breakdown upon her arrival in New York and shortly returned to her family in Ireland. A few years later she was committed to Ballinasloe Asylum where she spent the rest of her short life. She eventually died from a stroke on 11 March 1919 aged 39.
- Date as per baptismal record. Molony (2000) gives her age as 29 and birth date as 6 February 1883.
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
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