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The Irish Aboard Titanic Paperback – September, 2001

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The Irish Aboard explores an element of the Titanic's history which many of those accounts gloss over: the lives of the Irish passengers... Using baptismal certificates, census records, personal letters, news articles - anything he could find - Molony carefully pieces together the lives of Irish passengers before, during and, for the lucky ones, after the ship sank...For anyone interested in learning more about the Titanic's most overlooked demographic, this is the place to start. -- Sheila Langan 20120315 For a guide to navigating the Titanic and it's human dimension "Irish Aboard Titanic" by Senan Molony is worth recommending. -- Liam Kenny Leinster Leader 20120410 "...excellent and comprehensive account of the Irish aboard Titanic..." Wexford People 20120418 "...takes a fresh look at one of the key events of the last century." East Cork Journal 20120412 A compelling read Bord Gais Energy Book Club --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Senan Molony is the Political Editor of the Irish Daily Mail, and is the author of several books including Lusitania; An Irish Tragedy and The Phoenix Park Murders. Married with three children and living in Dublin, he regulary gives lectures on the centenary recreation of the Titanic's maiden voyage. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfhound Press (IE) (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863278051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863278051
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,318,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael H. Standart on March 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
With over 500 Titanic books in the English language available, one might ask why one more? If you have an interest in the passengers, one look through this book will answer your question. It is quite simply the most exhaustive and complete work on the Irish passengers available anywhere, from the few in the upper classes, to the huddled masses who traveled in third class looking for a new life in another country.
Some of the entries, are rather skimpy, but only because so little information is available on a lot of these obscure figures. Other entries are very complete due in no small part to years worth of research and detective work on Mr. Maloney's part, with details on lives befor, during and after the sinking.
If you want to know about the Irish aboard the Titanic, who they were, who didn't survive, who did, and how their lives were changed, this is the book to have!
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This volume is truly comprehensive, bringing us the stories behind all of the Irish passengers on the Titanic, both travellers and crew, as well as a few non-Irish who so happened to have embarked upon the ill-fated vessel on its final stop before heading into the Atlantic, the Irish city of Queenstown. Although there are some people with not a lot of biographical information available, most of the people covered do have a lot of great fascinating information. All of the entries for the passengers start with how much they paid for their tickets, the address they were intending to go to upon arrival, which class they travelled in, where they hailed from, where they boarded, and if they had been originally booked on the ship Cymric but changed to the Titanic. These people came from all walks of life; there are stories about people who were travelling back to America after visiting family in Ireland, coming over to marry a sweetheart, planned to become teachers, were hoping to make their fortunes in America, were running away with a forbidden love (such as 19 year old Michael McEvoy and his 34 year old girlfriend Norah Murphy; Michael was lost and Norah was saved), and those who were immigrating to America to join relatives who had already made the trip and had sent for them. We get information on their lives before, during, and (for those who survived) after this unforgettable traumatic event; these people's lives are not being exclusively defined by having been on the Titanic. This book also clears up some decades-old misinformation about some of these people and their stories, such as how some of these people's names have been incorrectly reported since 1912 (e.g., Annie Jerymin's real name was Annie Jermyn; Julian Smyth's real name was Julia Smyth).Read more ›
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This is the most recent, updated edition of this book by an author who really does his homework. He has chosen to focus on the Irish, many of who were poor and had managed with great effort to save the money for passage, or were being brought over by relatives, or were going into service as some sort of laborer. The author lives in Ireland and has access to data not easily available to those of us in the U.S. The Titanic has been romanticized, but it is easy to forget that the people who died or survived were real, live human beings, with dreams of their own. By focusing on the Irish he is able to give some cultural background that is usually missing from Titanic accounts. This book goes out of print, so I recommend buying it now if you want it.
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This book tells so much more (than before) of what I wanted to know about the Titanic. Yes, I knew many names of millionaires who perished in the disaster but what about the other passengers--those in second and third class? Their stories mattered to me too and this book recounts what happened to every single Irish man, woman and child who boarded that ill-fated vessel. I was stunned to see the research that went into this book: name and age of each traveler, information about individual families involved, the reason for each crossing, census results, newspaper articles, red cross dispensations, eye witness accounts of those who were saved and sometimes, details of their later lives. As well, those who survived had information about the last hours of many acquaintances who did not. Parts of the Mersey Inquiry surface as well (though not much as that's another book). After all Irish passengers are accounted for, then all Irish citizens who worked as crew are also written up. As if this were not enough to satisfy a Titanic buff, then the book includes black & white photos of lots of these people (located beside their profiles). I think this is an extraordinary book, it makes the truth about that horrendous final night come alive as no other account that I've read before. A+ for this book and A+ for how well it is written. Bravo!
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