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Mary Agatha Glynn

Mary Agatha Glynn
Mary Agatha Glynn

Miss Mary Agatha Glynn 1 was born in Slieveanore2, Scarriff, Co Clare, Ireland on 4 August 1893.3

She was the daughter of Patrick "Pat" Glynn (b. 1856), a farmer, and Ellen Guilfoyle (b. 18 April 1867). Her parents had married in Clonusker Roman Catholic Chapel on 5 March 1889 and bore thirteen children, ten of whom survived infancy.

Mary's siblings were: Patrick (b. 8 April 1890), John (b. 7 July 1891), James (b. 22 June 1895), Kate (b. 4 May 1897), Ellen (b. 13 July 1898), Anne (b. 10 July 1899), Bridget (b. 7 November 1901), Thomas (b. 17 July 1903), Margaret (b. 15 December 1904), Michael (b. 10 August 1906), William (b. 29 August 1908) and Peter (b. 7 August 1909). 

Her sister Ellen lived only a week and died due to convulsions on 20 July 1898. Sister Margaret was only a month old when she died on 8 January 1905. The baby of the family, Peter, lived three weeks and died on 27 August 1909, also from convulsions. 

The family appear on the 1901 census living at house 4 in Slieveanore and on the 1911 census at house 32 in the same locality. Mary was not present with her family at the time of the latter record and was listed elsewhere as a domestic servant in a hotel in Scarriff, Co Clare.

Mary boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 335677 which cost £7, 15s). Her destination was to Washington, DC where she had a cousin, Mrs D. Courtney at 715 North Capitol Street. Whilst aboard she shared a cabin with three Co Cavan girls, Mary McGovern, Julia Smyth and Kate Connolly. She may also have known the only other person from Co Clare travelling third class, Martin McMahon.

On the night of the sinking Mary related that she and her cabin mates felt the sensation of the ship striking something. Enquiring from passing crewmen as to if they were in any danger, they were reportedly ridiculed for their anxiety and told to go back to their bunks. Shortly after however they were told otherwise they left their cabin and went into the communal third class areas. In terror, she and her friends knelt in prayer but a man she identified as Martin Gallagher, a Galway man, found them and led them into a second class area of the ship. She and the other three girls from her cabin were rescued in lifeboat 13. Mary described the perilous moment that the lifeboat, unable to release itself from the falls once lowered, was threatened with being crushed by lifeboat 15 which was lowering rapidly overhead. She also claimed to hear the orchestra play Nearer My God to Thee.

Mary eventually reached America aboard the rescue ship Carpathia and was described as a 19-year-old maid and her destination was to the home of her cousin Mary Courtney at 715 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC. She spent time in hospital to recuperate and also received modest monetary assistance from the American Red Cross before she continued her journey to Washington where she remained.

Mary soon met her future husband, Patrick Joseph O'Donoghue (b. 2 November 1887), a streetcar conductor from Co Kerry who had emigrated in 1907, and the couple were married in the US capital on 18 October 1917 and made their home there where her husband later managed a restaurant.

They had six surviving children: Margaret Mary (1918-2007), Ellen Mary (1920-1983), Katherine Ann (1921-1988), Patrick Joseph (1926-1959), Nicholas John (1927-1988) and Francis James (1932-1973). Their last born child, a son, was stillborn on 31 January 1934.

Mary died whilst visiting her daughter in St Petersburg, Florida on 26 February 1955. She was aged 61 and was later buried in Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Washington, DC. Her widower Patrick died just over a year later on 10 October 1956.

Her parents had remained in Ireland, living in the Slieveanore area; her father died 5 July 1923 and her mother on 10 February 1946.


  1. Birth registered as just Mary Glynn in third quarter of 1893 in Scarriff, Co Clare. The "Agatha" was presumably a confirmation name added later.
  2. Various spellings of this townland are listed but Slieveanore is the accepted spelling. Its comes from the Irish Sliabh an Óir.
  3. Date of birth sometimes given as 2 July 1893.

References and Sources

Washington Times, 23 April 1912

Newspaper Articles

Clare Journal (22 April 1912) CLARE GIRL SAVED
Washington Herald (22 April 1912) Steerage Survivor Tells Story of Wreck
Connaught Telegraph (25 May 1912) Loss of the Titanic.
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  1. Gavin Bell

    Does anybody out there know what became of Irish third class survivor Mary Agatha Glynn. All that I have managed to ascertain on her is that she returned to Ireland after the disaster and that she still has relatives living in Britain, but I have never been able to track them down. Can anybody help me out? Thanks Cameron

  2. Michael Findlay

    Dear Cameron, Mary Agatha Glynn did not return to Ireland. As Mary Agatha Glynn O'Donoghue, she lived in Washington, DC, until her death on February 26, 1955. She died in Florida while visiting family. Michael Findlay

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  4. Clare Hynes-Pope

    RE: Mary Agatha Glynn Survivor Mary Glynn was a third class passenger who boarded the ship in Cobh. Miss Glynn came from the same village in Ireland as my late mother, Feakle, Co.Clare. Mary Glynn was a few years older than my mother, they did not each other personally, but the families knew of each other. Whenever the subject of the Titanic came up, my mother always mentioned Mary Glynn. MARY AGATHA GLYNN LIVED DOWN IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA, AND MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT SHE HEARD SHE NEVER WENT ON A BOAT/SHIP AGAIN.

  5. Jason D. Tiller

    Hello Clare, Welcome to ET. I created a thread for your post and moved it here, where it's more appropriate and it will generate a better response. Also, please refrain from typing in caps. It's considered shouting on the internet, which I'm sure you didn't mean to do.

  6. dizzydeb

    Hi Mark I am trying to figure out how Mary fits in to my Freeman Family from Roscommon..A cousin has told me he thinks she is a GT Aunt of his Grandmother Bridget Beatrice Freeman.I have a Mary Eliza Mc Glynn ..Her mother was Elizabeth Freeman and father James Mc Glynn..she was born abt 1891...I have only just started researching her.If i figure it out i will let you know.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Mary Agatha Glynn
Age: 18 years 8 months and 11 days (Female)
Nationality: Irish
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in Killaloe, Ireland
Occupation: Maid
Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
Ticket No. 335677, £7 15s
Destination: 715 North Capitol Street Washington DC, United States
Rescued (boat 13)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Buried: Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Washington DC, United States

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