Memorial for Cratloe man who died on Titanic

Shane O’Riordan

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Shane O’Riordan

A local man who died when the Titanic sank in 1912 was remembered recently at a special commemorative ceremony.

A local man who died when the Titanic sank in 1912 was remembered recently at a special commemorative ceremony.

A memorial to Cratloe native Daniel Keane was unveiled at Gullet Cross, Cratloe recently.

“Daniel lived in Cratloe only a couple of hundred metres from where the monument stands today,” explained Seamus Spaight, who is a great grand nephew of Daniel.

“He was a second class passenger, as were most of the Irish people, on one of the greatest ships ever built,” he added.

Seamus is a retired farmer who has taken up stone masonry as a hobby and came up with the idea to carve a monument to his great grand uncle.

“It was the Titanic centenary commemoration in Cobh a couple of months ago that inspired us to make our own monument to Daniel,” Seamus explained.

“Daniel’s name is also on the monument in Cobh along with the other 123 Irish people who boarded the ship from Cobh harbour,” he added.

Seamus continued: “Daniel worked as a tram conductor in Dublin and then at the age of 36 decided to make the move to America. We do not think it was to emigrate but rather to take a holiday, however, no one is sure as many of his close relatives have moved away from the area”.

Mass was said for Mr Keane in Cratloe Church with the commemoration ceremony held at the monument immediately afterwards.