Mr Daniel Keane

Mr Daniel Keane was born in Gallowshill, Cratloe, Co Clare 1, Ireland on 25 June 1876.

He was the son of Timothy Keane (b. circa 1831), a farmer, and Honora O'Meara (b. circa 1835), Clare natives who were married around 1859. One of nine children born to his parents, seven surviving infancy,

His known brothers and sisters included Patrick, b. 14 January 1865, Honora, b. 12 September 1869, Johanna, b. 7 March 1872, Bridget, b. 28 March 1867, John, b. 27 May 1874, and Margaret, b. 1 July 1878.

Daniels' family appeared on the 1901 census living at 4 Gallowshill, Co Clare and again on the 1911 census living at 2 Gallowshill, his elderly parents by now living with their married son Patrick and his family who was now running the family farm. Daniel was absent from the family home on both occasions but working as a tram conductor on the Donnybrooke Line, appearing as a boarder on the 1901 census when living at Phibsboro Road, Arran Quay, and on the 1911 census living at 4 Marlborough Road, Pembroke, both in Dublin. He was unmarried.

Daniel boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a second class passenger (ticket number 233734 which cost £12, 7s) and he was destined for an unspecified address in St Louis, Missouri. Modern-day family attest that he hadn't proposed to settled in America and intended to return following an extended vacation.

One of only seven passengers of Irish background (not including those from the Harland & Wolff Guarantee Group travelling in that class) travelling in second class, Daniel may well have been acquainted with his fellow country-folk whilst aboard.

Daniel died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

To mark the centenary of the disaster, a memorial was unveiled to Daniel in his birthplace of Cratloe at Gallowshill. The commemorative stone was carved by his great-nephew Séamus Spaight, a retired farmer who took up stone-masonry as a hobby.


  1. Many sources give his birthplace as East Ludlow, Co Limerick

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References and Sources

Limerick Leader, 22 August 2012: Memorial for Cratloe man who died on Titanic
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(2020) Daniel Keane Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #476, updated 13th January 2020 15:21:33 PM)