The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Thomas Cody

CODY, Thomas

Thomas Cody was born in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, in 1878, to Thomas Cody and Bridget Currin (Curran?), the eldest of eight children. In the 1901 census, when he was 22, he was listed as a ‘Labourer’ as were his father and two brothers. In October 1907 he married Mary Malone, also born in Kilkenny, in St Michael’s church in Kingstown. Thomas gave his address as Inistioge while Mary’s was 36 Clarinda Park, Kingstown, where she was working as a servant. Their first child, Pauline, was born in 1909, a second, Thomas, in 1910 and a third, Edmond (Eamonn?) in 1911. On all these birth certs and in the 1911 census the family address was 12 Summerhill Road, Kingstown and Thomas gave his occupation as ‘Tram Conductor’.

Thomas may have lost his job working on the trams due to the 1913 lockout, but it is not known when he started working for the CDSPCo. He was working as a Fireman on the RMS Leinster when it was sunk, and his body was not recovered. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.

Mary’s sister Ellen Malone, who had also worked at 36 Clarinda Park, had become a Boarding House Keeper at 13 Clarinda Park, and there Mary died of T.B. in September 1920. Ellen died in March 1928 at No 13, and the Informant was Mary’s daughter Pauline Cody.



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