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Helen Frazier has sent this set of messages from the Boston Pilot of 6 July 1872
Her ancestors came from the Aran Isles off the coast of Galway and her gggrandfather was seaching for his two brothers.  She adds that many people from Galway came to Portland, Maine.


Mr Florence "Frank" Thomas O'Donoghue


Mr Florence "Frank" Thomas O'Donoghue (Bedroom steward) was born in Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland on 28 October 1880, and was baptised on 30 October 1880.

He was the son of Timothy O'Donoghue (b. 1855), a tram conductor originally from Co Kerry, and Margaret, née Mora (b. 1856), a native of Queen's County (modern-day Co Laois). The family had seemingly settled in Liverpool not long after his birth, perhaps around 1882, and his parents went on to have six children in that city: James (b. 1885), Margaret (b. 1887), Anne "Nance" (b. 1889), Nora (b. 1893), Emily Bridget (b. 1895) and Winifred Ellen (b. 1903).

The 1891 and 1901 census records show the family living at 10 Beeston Street (?), Kirkdale, Liverpool but Florence would be absent from the later record. When the 1911 census was conducted his widowed father and his siblings were residents of 62 Margaret Road, Walton and his elder sisters Margaret and Annie were both described as school teachers.

He married Annie Furlong, on 3 June 1900, at Saint James Church, Bootle, West Derby, Lancashire and had a son (born circa 1906). Since 1911 he, his wife and son had been living in the USA, precisely where is unknown.

When O'Donoghue signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his age as 35, birthplace as Liverpool and his local address as 60 Ludlow Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Olympic and as a bedroom steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s.

O'Donoghue died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

The American Red Cross report in 1913 stated that O'Donoghue's wife and son had been residents in the USA for two years. Following his demise on Titanic his widow and son returned to England to benefit from compensation from the British Workmen's Compensation Act and she was awarded £300; they returned to the USA aboard Cedric on 17 October 1912. Annie was unwilling to return to relatives in Liverpool permanently as there were more opportunities in America. She later worked as a domestic to support herself and her son and they later benefitted from $81 of American relief funds. What became of Annie and her son is not known.

Gavin Bell
Parker Moore

Sometimes listed as Francis Joseph Donoghue. Listed as O'Donoghue on early census records, it was not uncommon for the "O'" prefix to be dropped among Irish ex-patriots. Florence is rare, but not unheard of, as a boy's name in Ireland.

References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Link and cite this biography
(2017) Florence Donoghue Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1843, updated 25th July 2017 09:35:01 AM)
"Pennsylvania's Gallant 69th"
History of the 69th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, a predominantly Irish regiment (mostly from Philadelphia) which saw extensive service during the American Civil War
From soldier data bases
Names in red known to have been born Ireland.
* * County identified.
### Born Ireland
Company A
Donahue Peter Private Oct.31st 1861 3 Yrs Deserted Nov.30th 1862.
Company C
Donohue Owen Private Aug. 21st 1861 3 Yrs Wounded at Antietam Sept 17th
1862.Mustered out Aug.28th 1864 expiration of term.
Company D
* * Donahue James (Co. TYRONE) Private Oct. 31st 1861 3 Yrs. Born Co.
Tyrone Ireland: Fought at Gettysburg. Captured June 22nd 1864 Jerusalem Plank Road Petersburgh . Sent to Andersonsville but paroled to hospital care Savannah.Then to College Green Barracks Annapolis Md but died same day. Buried National Cemetery Annapolis Md. Grave 1717 E-62- Pa. (Marker image)
* * Donahue Patrick (Co. TYRONE) Private Oct.31st 1861 3 Yrs Born Co. Tyrone
Ireland: Spent time in hospital and was later discharged due health problems..
Company G
* * Donahue Hugh (Co. TYRONE) Private May 5th 1861 3 Yrs Born Co. Tyrone
Ireland : Fought Gettysburg. Mustered out May 5th 1864 expiration of term.
Company I
Donahue Henry Corp Oct.31st 1861 3 yrs Deserted March 28th 1862.
Donahue James Private Oct.31st 1861 3 Yrs Enlisted Philadelphia 16th Aug.
1861 and mustered in at Camp Observation Md. 31st Oct.1861. aged 23. Wounded
at Glendale Va. 6th March 1862.Transferred to Kirbys Battery 1st U.S. Art. 26th
Oct. 1862 per A.G.O.154 Buried Old Cathedral Cemetery Philadelphia Position Q-
3-54 .No marker.
A frisky mutt stole a pickup truck - and led a cop on a quarter-mile chase before being apprehended!

"This had to be the weirdest thing I've seen in my 14 years of law enforcement," declared befuddled Patrolman James Myers.

The shaggy dog story unfolded on the evening of March 25 [1996], after Good Smaratian Brett Donohoe, 32, found the stray collie mix and put it in the cab of his truck, hoping to help the pooch.

"The guy stopped at a shopping center to pick uo some flowers and a card for his girlfriend, " said Patrolman Myers.  "He also wanted to buy some dog biscuits for the stray."

Donohoe inadvertently left the engine running - and while he was gone, the black and white canine knocked the vehicle into gear.

"I was in my squad car in the parking lot doing some paperwork when I looked up and sw this pickup suddenly take off," said the patrolman.  "The headlights were off and it kept swerving around parked cars, barely missing them.

"The vehicle headed straight at a building, then made a hard right - if it hadn't, it would have plowed right into it!"

Incredibly, the out-of-control pickup missed all 50 cars jammed into the parking lot before skidding out onto the street, said the officer.  "I thought this person has to be sick or drunk."

The cop zoomed after the 'fleeing' car, calling for backup.

The pickup ran across the median and onto the lawn of a private home.

"It barely missed the house and a parked truck, then drove between two ornamental trees and into a cornfield," said Myers.

The cop raced to catch up with the pickup as it crossed the muddy field and shot out the other side.  At one point the truck rolled to a stop and Myers pulled alongside the driver's side window.  That's when to his amazement, he saw a dog behind the wheel!

"The dog looked right at me and then  took off again.  When that happened my mind just shut down for a minute," admits the cop.

Finally the pickup careened into a telephone pole..

But luckily, the canine car thief was unhurt.  "I found him inside listening to Garth Brooks on the radio," said Myers.

Donohoe was sited for leaving his car unattended with the engine running. The court also ordered him to find a home for the dog.

Parish priests visited the sick and dying during The Famine (1845-49), and caught the terrible fever that was raging at that time.  One such was Father John O'Donoghue, PP, Kilgarvan.  It would be interesting to know more about him.
Thomas Crofton Croker was a renowned writer about the Killarney area.  His book Legends of the Lakes was published in 1829.  It is full of O'Donoghue references.

The village of Cloghereen, now more commonly known as Muckross Village, held an annual fair.

From The Muckross Newsletter Issue 25
"On the occasion of his visit to Cloghereen fair, Croker described how the roadway thorugh the village was lined with tables or stands. On these the dealers had laid hteir goods for sale: dillisk (edible seaweed), fruit, frieze (universal material for men's clothing), flannel and crubeens (pigs' feet or trotters).  On either side of the roadway the common ground was occupied by horses, cows and pigs, together with their buyers and sellers.  The crowd in attendance at the fair included, 'groups of giggling girls with their riband-adorned caps and blue cloaks'.  There were also 'whispering matrons with their shawled heads' and men 'with their frize (sic) loodies (large loose coats), corduroy breeches and well-seasoned sticks - sticks not destined long to remain inactive'.  Sure enough, much to the excitement of the crowd, an altercation did break out between two individuals, a Minehan and a Donoghue.  There were also many men present who had sworn not to drink spirits in Killarney for a set period of time.  However, logically they considered it no harm to swallow, as long as they were able, tumbler after tumbler in the village of Cloghereen."

If you would like to know more about these sort of fights see my article in the October 2009 journal entitled 'Faction fighting in 19th century Ireland'