Mr Michael McEvoy

Mr Michael McEvoy was born in Farraneglish Glebe, Cuffsborough, Queen's County (modern day Co Laois), Ireland around 1892.

He was the youngest child of John McEvoy (b. 1844), a farmer, and Bridget Rafter (b. circa 1850). His known siblings were: Patrick (b. 1867), Martin (b. 1878), Mary (b. 1880), Anne (b. 1882), Thomas (b. 1884), James (b. 1886), Catherine (b. 1888) and John (b. 1890).

The family, who were Roman Catholic, appear on the 1901 census living at house 2 in Farraneglish and on the 1911 census at house 1. Michael is not listed with his family on the latter record and his whereabouts at the time are uncertain although he is believed to have been living and working in Kilmacanoge (1), Co Wicklow, a small village just south of Dublin City.

Michael boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (joint ticket number 36568 which cost £15, 10s). He was travelling with Dublin-born Norah Murphy, a lady over ten years his senior and it has been suggested that they were lovers. Their intended destination was 231 East 50th Street in New York. Michael had a sister already in the USA, Annie Deegan, who had emigrated in 1903 and resided in Norristown, Pennsylvania; it is believed that it was she so sent the money for Michael's ticket.

Michael McEvoy died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. Norah Murphy was among the rescued.

His sister in Pennsylvania, Annie, remained living in Pennsylvania and had three daughters, Lizzie, Mary and Annie. She was reportedly shunned by her family back in Ireland who in part blamed her for the loss of Michael. In widowhood, however, she was joined in America by her brother James who emigrated in 1920 and worked in the steel mills, later marrying an Irish woman named Rose. Annie and James are believed to have remained living in Pennsylvania but what became of them is not known. Likewise, the eventual fate of Michael's family back in Ireland is not certain.

Gavin Bell

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Also spelled Kilmacanogue, deriving from the Irish Cill Mocheanóg. The village is close to Bray, Co Wicklow, about 21 km south of Dublin and around 50 km east of Sallins, Co Kildare.
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