Miss Honora "Nora" Hegarty was born in Whitechurch, Co Cork, Ireland on 16 February 1892.
She was the daughter of Laurence Hegarty (b. 1833), a farmer, and Mary Riordan (b. 1847) who were married around 1887.1 The family were Roman Catholic and spoke both Irish and English.
Nora was one of eight children born to her parents; her siblings were: Catherine (b. 1887), William (b. 1890), Mary (b. 1893), Hannah (b. 1894), Maggie (b. 1896), Timothy (b. 1899) and Bridget (b. 1903). Her sister Hannah died in 1905 aged 11.
The family appear on the 1901 census living at house 3 in Killavarrig 2, Whitechurch and on the 1911 census at house 5 in Killavarrig but Nora is not listed with her family on the latter record and was listed at the home address of her aunts Mary and Nora Hegarty on Dublin Street in Cork City.
Nora boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 365226 which cost £6, 15s). Travelling with her was her cousin Jeremiah Burke (his mother was the sister of her father Laurence Hegarty) and they were destined for the home of her cousin Mary Burns, the elder married sister of Jeremiah, in Charlestown, Boston. Nora was reportedly destined to join an order of Nuns in the Boston area.
Nora died in the sinking, as did her cousin Jeremiah. Their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.
Her estate, worth a paltry £5, was administered to her father Laurence on 11 December 1912.
Her father lived less than two years after her death and he died in early 1914. Her mother later died in 1930.
Robert L. Bracken, USA
Noel Ray, Ireland
- It is possible that this was Nora's father's second marriage and he may already have had adult children upon his marriage to Mary Riordan.
- Often incorrectly spelled as Killavallig; the name derives from the Irish Coill an Bhealaigh
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Queenstown, 11 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/776/2).
Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society