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Daniel Keane

Titanic victim from County Clare, Ireland

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

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Daniel Keane
Age: 35 years 9 months and 20 days (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in Dublin, Ireland
Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
Ticket No. 233734, £12 7s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Limerick Leader, 22 August 2012: Memorial for Cratloe man who died on Titanic
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  1. brigidohalloran

    brigidohalloran said:

    Mr Keane was a postal worker in Dublin before sailing on Titanic and was born in Cratloe Co Clare

  2. Raysans

    Raysans said:

    Daniel Keane was my grandmothers uncle. Mary Delaney was born Mary Whalen, her mother, also Mary was Daniels older sister. The oldest of 9 children & first to move to America. This is based on my memory as told by Mary Delaney, born in 1896 & died 1994 Mary Whalen married William Delaney had one child, Grace , married Ray Sans in 1952. I am Ray Sans, born in 1960. Find me on facebook

  3. Tricia (519)

    Tricia (519) said:

    Hi Brigid, Do you have any other info on Daniel? I believe he was a great uncle of mine. My grandfather told me about an uncle Daniel he had that died on the Titanic. The birthdate and birth location in Clare match. I didn't have the info that he was a postal worker in Dublin. How did you get your info?? I only ask because I've never found anything else to confirm or deny my info!! Thanks, Tommy Keane

  4. Thomas (520)

    Thomas (520) said:

    Hi Brigid, Saw your post and wanted to send you a message. I believe Daniel was a great grand uncle of mine. My grandfather told me of an uncle named Daniel who died on the Titanic. The name, birthdate and place of birth all connect. Was wondering where you got the info about him being a postal worker and living in Dublin? I can find no other info to deny or confirm him. Thanks Tommy Keane

  5. Jjacollins

    Jjacollins said:

    Hello Ray,Daniel Keane is also my Great Gran Uncle as I'm a great gandson of Patrick Keane who was his Brother from Gallashill in County Clare. Daniel Visitied him befoer he left for the States. And there was a Telegram at the house many years ago informing of the sinking, whatever happend to it, is unknown. Have you got a list of his other Brothers and sisters?

  6. Jjacollins

    Jjacollins said:

    Daniel was a Great Gran Uncle of mine and I was always told that he was a tram driver in Dublin for many years before he came back to the family farm in Cratloe to see his family before he left for Cork in April of 1912.

  7. veronica (1731)

    veronica (1731) said:

    Hi Tommy, Daniel Keane was a great gran uncle of my mothers. Her maiden name is Keane. Her father is also called Daniel Keane (RIP). She knows alot about the Keane Family history.

  8. Kevin (1816)

    Kevin (1816) said:

    Hello. Daniel Keane was also a Great Uncle of my Mothers.He was indeed a tram conductor... Grandmother was a Keane from Gallows Hill. Daniel would have been her Uncle. My Mother was born an O'Gorman in Cratloe. Tommy /Tricia, Veronica , I would love any info you had on the Keanes

  9. Rich

    Rich said:

    Hi Veronica Daniel Keane was my grandfather's uncle on his mother's side. from what i know he was railroad worker headed to st louis.

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