Submitted by Dee Gilmore-Stewart
According to family history my great grandfather Captain John O'Donoghue was lost at sea. On the family headstone it has his date of death as 31/12/1902. I don't have any other details such as ship, is there somewhere I could find this out ?
Submitted by Jim Horgan
I don't have a lot of information about Edward Donohue, he's a distant 2nd cousin. But he died during the invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944.
Apparently, he was killed while still in his landing craft and never made it to shore.
Not sure this applies to your criteria, but he is the only one I have information on.
Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current View Record
Name: Pvt Edward D Donohue
Death Date: 6 Jun 1944
Death Place: France
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial Burial or Cremation Place Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Has Bio? N
Submitted by Ronnie O'Donoghue
I went to a clairvoyant once who told me my ancestor Ivor O’Donoghue died on the ship emigrating to America - “three of us slipped into the sea together” he said. My first cousin in Glenflesk is called Sean Ivor - he must have been named after Ivor who was lost at sea.
Submitted by Carol Hurley Law
My great granduncle, John Donoghue, died at sea, sometime in 1851, just 7 years old. Do not know what he died of. He was the oldest child of my maternal great grandparents, Mary Moynighan and Florence Donoghue, married in Killarney in 1844. He had a younger sister Mary, b. in 1846. They immigrated from the Killarney area. I don't know from where they sailed, possibly Cobh, or where they landed in the United States. They eventually settled on "Irish Mountain" in Summers County, West Virginia. Had several more children in America, one being my grandfather, Patrick Donahoe (U.S. spelling) in 1857 (d. 1925), father of my mother, Irene Donahoe Hurley, 1901-1986. An interesting project. History tells us that many immigrants died at sea. Young John is the only one I know about in my family.
Submitted by Barbara Lee
Moses Donohoe of Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford was drowned in the wreck of the Général Abbatucci off the north coast of Corsica on 7th May 1869, while travelling from Marseilles to Civitavecchia. It was involved in a collision with the 500-ton Norwegian barquentine, the Edward Herdt, holed, and sank within two hours. Moses was 24, and was a recruit to the Papal armies defending the Pope from Garibaldi. He was the son of Peter and Catherine Donohoe of Killincooley, Co Wexford. He is recorded on his father's gravestone in Killincooley Old Graveyard.
Moses is the subject of "The Ballad of Moses Donohoe" in the book "Songs of the Wexford Coast" by Father Joseph Ranson, a collection of ballads Fr Ranson gathered from old singers.
Moses's elder brother was the priest Fr Michael Donohoe who is buried in Kilmuckridge RC church and who is commemorated in a stained-glass window there.
See the January 2012 journal for the ballad of Moses Donohue
Submitted by Diane Donohue
From British Newspaper Archive