Titanic and the Irish by Jina Bacarr

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Did you know the first immigrant registered at Ellis Island in 1892 was Irish?

Annie Moore was her name and there’s a statue of the fifteen-year-old girl at Ellis Island.

Years later in 1912 when the survivors of the Titanic arrived in New York, many of the 705 survivors were Irish who had boarded at Queenstown, Ireland on April 11th; many more were lost in the sinking.
Margaret Rice and her five sons were lost on the Titanic. So were Julia Barry, Norah Hemming and Mary Mangan, according to the passenger list in Walter Lord’s “A Night to Remember.”
Names that should never be forgotten.

I decided my heroine in Titanic Rhapsody, Katie O’Reilly, would board at Queenstown because…

Well, because I’m Irish.

No surprise here. My grandmother came to America from Ireland with her fourteen brothers and sisters and used to regale me with stories about fairies (the “gentle people”) and green hills and grand houses.

Like every good Irish family, we had a priest and a nun among the siblings.

And then there was Aunt Marie. A somewhat scandalous lady, from what I remember. She had studied to become a nun, but she didn’t take her vows (I never found out why); however, she lived and worked with the nuns. She was a forward thinker and a strong believer in women getting ahead in the world and a follower of the saints.
I still have the statue she gave me of Saint Catherine Labouré, a sister of the Daughters of Charity.
But I digress…
Growing up with my grandmother and Aunt Marie, I developed a strong sense of faith and that became a very important part of Katie’s character. Yet, like Aunt Marie, she also has her own mind and tends to do things “her way,” while trying to keep her faith intact.
So there you have the beginnings of Katie O’Reilly, my heroine…

News: “Titanic Rhapsody” will be released from Ellora’s Cave
on April 12th! 

Click here to read an excerpt.

Happy St.Patrick’s Day!!


  • Anonymous
    on October 2, 2012

    Stories from Titanic have always gathered the attention of people from over the world. Titanic Ireland

  • Anonymous
    on March 13, 2012

    You're so right, Geralyn, about writing being more than writing. Linda is spot on with her observations about keeping active. Whatever works best for you, be consistent.

    For me, it's Twitter and Titanic. I try to tweet several times a day about what's happening with the ship and the TV shows, etc. Follow me @jinabacarr for all the latest on Titanic!

  • Anonymous
    on March 12, 2012

    Sounds exciting! Like Linda says in her recent post, there is a lot more to being a writer than just writing!


  • Anonymous
    on March 12, 2012

    Thank you, Geralyn, for your nice comments! I appreciate it.

    My life has been Titanic with writing blogs, researching and writing my novel–I'm doing a book video now…

  • Anonymous
    on March 12, 2012


    Very interesting blog! You have definitely tapped into the heart of an intensely compelling piece of history. Kudos! Since I have started blogging on OCC again, I have also begun reading OCC's fascinating and informative blogs more avidly. And when I read yours, I could not help thinking, What a gem! An emerald, in fact!


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