On Thursday April 11th 1912, fourteen people from the parish of Addergoole in Co. Mayo, boarded the RMS Titanic at Queenstown (Cobh) in Cork. They were setting out for a better life in the Land of Opportunity. Sadly, only three of the group would survive.
‘The Titanic & The Addergoole 14’ is an 11 minute audio piece from storyteller Helena Byrne’s latest album ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ (Pursuit of Happiness). It tells the harrowing story of the Addergoole 14 & illustrates survivor Annie McGowan’s first hand account of the early hours of April 15th 1912.
Very special thanks to the relatives of the Addergoole 14 who helped to make this happen.
Find out more about the Addergoole 14: Addergoole Titanic Society Website
Narration by Helena Byrne, Annie McGowan played by Margaret Toomey, Background voices by Mark Hewitt & Michael Heavey, Piano by Josh Johnston, Cello by Amy Ryan.
Descendants of the Addergoole 14: Mary Kapolnek, Maureen Neary & MaryAnn King.
Written & Produced by Helena Byrne, Recorded by Michael Manning, Mastered by David Montuy
About The Album:
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ is a collection of stories and songs that illustrate the history of Irish emigration to the United States & Canada.
A note from Helena: “With this album, I hope to bring the listener on a journey through the Irish experience of emigration to the New World; the excitement, the tragedy, the hopes and aspirations for a better life.”
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ includes 8 songs alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; emigration during the Great Famine, travelling on the Titanic, the Irish in the Wild West, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.
Order your copy of ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’
“This album is beautiful piece of craftmanship and will be enjoyed by both the Irish diaspora family and those who simply have a love of Irish music and stories alike” – Travel Ireland Magazine, December 2017