Mr Patrick Dooly

Mr Patrick Dooly 1 was born in Patrickswell, Knockainy, Co Limerick, Ireland on 5 April 1875.

He was the son of Edmond Dooly (b. 1837), a farmer, and Ellen Catherine Quinlan (b. 1849) who had married in Bruff, Limerick on 17 February 1868. He had four siblings: Mary (b. 1868), Michael (b. 1870), Richard (b. 1874) and John (b. 1878).

When the 1901 census was taken Patrick was absent from the family home, house 5 in Patrickswell, and again absent from the 1911 census. When his mother died is not clear but she was also absent from the 1901 census and Patrick's father was finally described as a widower on the 1911 census.

Patrick had seemingly emigrated to the USA around the turn of the century and settled in Chicago, Illinois and worked as a motorman. His return to Ireland was to visit his ageing father and other family still living in Limerick.

For the return voyage to the USA Patrick boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912. He was travelling as a third class passenger (ticket number 370376 which cost £7, 15s) and was described as a general labourer and as aged 32.

Patrick Dooly, who was unmarried, died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Patrick is remembered on the family headstone in Patrickswell Cemetery, Limerick, Ireland (Plot LI-PTWL-0006).


  1. Frequently spelled as Dooley. His baptismal record, birth registration (as well as that of his siblings) and his parents' marriage record give the spelling as Dooly.

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References and Sources

Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Search archive Irish newspapers online

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(2020) Patrick Dooly Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #782, updated 13th January 2020 22:14:51 PM)