Mr Daniel J. Moran was born in Toomdeely North, Askeaton, Co Limerick, Ireland in 1884 .
He was the son of Patrick Moran (b. 1851), a boatman and former lighthouse keeper, and Bridget Nestor. His mother had died prior to 1901.
He was the brother of Nellie (b. 1875), John (b. 1877), Mary (b. 1879), Millie (b. 1882), Bertha (b. 1883), Patrick (b. 1885) and Thomas (b. 1889). He appeared on the 1901 census living at house 8 in Toomdeely North and was described, like his father, as a boatman. He is believed to have emigrated later that year, settling in Troy, Renssealaer, New York where another four siblings would also settle: Nellie, Millie, Bertha and Thomas. Whilst in Troy Daniel worked as a policeman.
Daniel's father died in 1910 and he and his sister Bertha decided to return to Ireland in November 1911 to claim an inheritance estimated at between $12,000 and $15,000. For their return to New York they boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as third class passengers (joint ticket number 371110 which cost £24, 3s). Travelling on their ticket was a friend, Patrick Ryan and they were also acquainted with another passenger from Askeaton, Margaret Madigan.
On the night of the sinking Daniel went to the cabin of his sister and told her that she ship had struck an iceberg and to come to the upper decks. Their access to the lifeboats was hampered by crewmen who were determined to keep them in their own quarters.
Daniel Moran was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. A claim was later made for the loss of his life (see Ryan v. OSNC research article).
His sister Bertha, who survived, later married and named her firstborn Daniel, perhaps in honour of his lost uncle.