Shamrock Club of La Crosse
Did you survive the sinking of the RMS Titanic?  Find yourself below to learn the answer!

ALBERT ERVINE
Passenger Facts: From Belfast, Albert was employed by the White Star Line as an electrician. 
Albert and his family were Brethrens, conservative and non-conformist Evangelical Christians. 
While on the Titanic, he penned his mother a letter describing the Titanic’s near collision with another ship while in the Queenstown harbor but assured her that the Titanic would not sink. 
Albert died while trying to maintain the ship’s power. 
Status: Deceased

ANNIE KELLY
Passenger Facts: Born in Cuilmullagh, Co Mayo, Annie was going to join her cousins in Chicago.
When the Titanic was sinking, the crew did not wake the third class passengers. When Annie became alarmed and went up on deck, she was told to go back as there was no danger. She was able to get on lifeboat 16. 
Annie later stated that she was haunted by the wild scenes on the ship before going down. 
Annie later became a Dominican nun in Chicago.
Status: Survived

​DANIEL BUCKLEY
Passenger Facts: Daniel was from Ballydesmond in Co Cork, and sailed on the Titanic as a third-class passenger. 
After the Titanic hit the iceberg, Daniel awoke to find his cabin-floor ankle deep in water. He tried to rouse his pals who he shared a room with but they refused to believe him so he headed out to investigate further. He never saw his friends again. 
Daniel later testified that the crew tried to stop the third class passengers from coming upstairs but that they forced their way through. 
Daniel jumped into a lifeboat and would have been thrown out if one of the well-to-do ladies beside him hadn’t thrown her shawl over his head.
Status: Survived

​ELLEN SHINE
Passenger Facts: From Lisrobin, Newmarket, Co. Cork. Ellen was the oldest of nine children and grew up helping on her family farm. 
Ellen opted to leave Ireland and join other siblings who were already in New York. 
When the Titanic was sinking, she rushed to the upper deck and struggled to get around crew members who were trying to keep the third class passengers in steerage. 
 When she reached the upper deck, she and the other passengers were informed the boat was sinking The other female passengers went to their knees and began to pray but Ellen made a run a lifeboat. Ellen was able to get into one of the lifeboats and survived. 
 She went on to live in New York until the age of 101. She was the oldest remaining Titanic survivor from Ireland. 
Status: Survived.

​JOHN KIERNAN
Passenger Facts: Born on a farm in Fostragh, Ballinamuck, Co Longford, Ireland, he emigrated to the United States in 1904 to live with his sister’s family. 
John returned in 1911 to visit family and was returning to the United States on the Titanic with family friends, Margaret and Kate Murphy. 
On the night the Titanic sank, he struggled to get to the upper decks. His body was never found. 
Status: Deceased


​KATIE MCCARTHY
Passenger Facts: A farmer’s daughter from Bansha, County Tipperary, Katie was on her way to New York to meet up with her sister. 
She traveled with her friends Roger Tobin and Katie Peters. Katie was on the last boat to leave the Titanic and watched the ship snap in two. 
Her friends did not have the sense of urgency she did to leave the boat and did not survive.
Status: Survived

MARGARET MURPHY
Passenger Facts: Margaret was one of 12 children born to the Murphy’s in Fostragh, Killoe, Co Longford, Ireland. 
Maggie went to the United States around 1905 but returned to Ireland in 1911 when her father became ill. 
During her trip back to Ireland, she met Matthew O’Reilly and they fell in love. They planned to marry, but Matthew had to return to the United States sooner than expected while Maggie remained in Ireland. 
When a family friend, John Kiernan, came to visit, Maggie decided to travel with John and his brother Philip back to the United States, unable to wait any longer to see Matthew. 
Maggie and her sister Kate snuck out at night and joined the Kiernans to travel to Queenstown to sail on the Titanic. 
There were several from Longford who associated together during the trip besides the Muprhys and the Kiernans. There was also Kate Gilnagh, Kate Mullin, James Farrell and Thomas McCormack. 
On the night the Titanic was sinking, all of them were trying to get to the upper decks but the passageway was being blocked by the crew. James Farrell threatened to punch the crewman if he didn’t let the girls through and they finally made it to the upper deck. 
 Maggie and her sister Kate were rescued in lifeboat 16. John and Philip Kiernan did not survive. 
 In news reports following the event, it was mistakenly stated that Maggie and John were engaged. 
Maggie and Matthew were married in New York in 1913 and had 3 children. 
Status: Survived

MARGARET TOBIN BROWN
Passenger Facts: Margaret Brown was of Irish ancestry but born in Hannibal, Missouri. She moved to Colorado family as a young woman. Margaret was an activist supporting education, human rights, labour rights and women’s right to vote. 
Margaret was traveling in France with her daughter, Helen, when she received word that her grandson was ill and she decided to leave early on the Titanic while Helen stayed in France. 
When the Titanic struck the iceberg, she helped load others in the lifeboats. She was eventually forced into lifeboat 6. She worked with the other women in the lifeboat together to row as well as keep spirits up. 
Margaret Brown’s most significant work occurred on the Carpathia, where she assisted Titanic survivors. By the time the Carpathia reached New York, she had helped to establish the Survivor’s Committee and raised almost $10,000 for destitute survivors. She stayed on the Titanic, assisting survivors, until they had all departed. 
Margaret was popularly known as the “unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Status: Survived

​THOMAS ANDREWS
Passenger Facts: Thomas was born in northern Ireland in 1873 and was the nephew of Lord Pirrie, principal owner of Harland & Wolff, builders of the Titanic. 
By 1901, Thomas was the managing director of Harland & Wolff and responsible for the design of the Titanic. He made it a point to sail on the maiden voyages of the ships the company built so he left his wife and daughter and boarded the Titanic in Belfast. 
 Thomas was in his cabin when the Titanic hit the iceberg reviewing notes and ship blueprints. When the ship hit the iceberg, he barely noticed and was unaware there was a problem until he received a message from Captain Smith requesting his presence on the bridge. 
After touring the areas flooding areas of the ship, Thomas informed Captain Smith that the ship was unlikely to stay afloat more than 2 hours. He wandered the decks encouraging passengers to wear their lifebelts and board the lifeboats. 
Thomas was last seen in the first class smoking room staring into space. 
Thomas had been overruled on two key issues when the ship was being designed. He wanted to double the number of lifeboats to 64 and wanted a double hull built extending up to the B deck which would certainly have prevented the disaster.
Status: Deceased

​VIOLET JESSOP
Passenger Facts: Violet was born in Argentina, the child of Irish emigrants. 
When her father died, her family moved to Britain and her mother got a job as a stewardess for Royal Mail Line. Violet quit convent school when her mother became ill and she also became a stewardess on Royal Mail Line and then White Star Line. 
While reluctant to take a position on the Titanic, she was convinced to join the crew. 
 Violet was a devout Catholic and brought with her onboard a prayer given to her by an old Irish woman that was meant to protect her against fire and water. 
When the Titanic struck the iceberg, Violet was ordered up on deck. The first officer ordered them onto Lifeboat 16. After boarding the lifeboat, someone dropped a baby onto her lap. The baby was claimed by its mother once they reached the Carpathia. 
Violet went on to serve as a nurse for the British Red Cross in WWI and survived the sinking of the Brittanic in 1916 in the Aegean. 
Status: Survived