The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Patrick Horan

HORAN, Patrick

Patrick Horan was born on the 28th of March 1878 in Barretstown, Co Kildare. His father, Martin, was a Coachman from Portarlington and his mother, Mary Maher, was from Bishopshill, near Ballymore Eustace. Patrick was the eldest of four children, born either in Barretstown or Ballymore Eustace. Martin was a widower by 1901 and was living with the three younger children, then teenagers, in Barretstown. Patrick had moved to Dublin and was a General Domestic in the Coffey household in 36 Fitzwilliam Place.

In September 1903 Patrick Horan married Anna Maria Donnellan from Co Meath in St Laurence O’Toole Church in inner Dublin city. He gave his occupation as Waiter in the Royal Yacht Club in Kingstown. Anna was living in St Mary’s Road, East Wall, and that is where they were living when their first child, Mary Josephine, was born. They had moved to Sandycove when their second daughter, Anne, was born in 1905 and in the 1911 census they were living at 41 Coldwell Street. This was a two-roomed, third class house. Patrick was recorded twice in this census, at home and at his place of work, the Salthill Hotel in Monkstown, where he was a Waiter. A son, Kevin, was born in 1912 and there may have been other children born later.

It is not known when Patrick Horan started work with the City of Dublin Steam Packet Co., but he is named on the 1918 Crew List as Third Steward. His age is given as thirty-five though he was actually forty, but this is almost certainly the same man. He survived the sinking of the ship and continued his career as Waiter, though on land. The newspaper report of his death in 1946, aged sixty-eight, described him as “late employee Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire”.




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