Richard Rourke

Birth Name Richard Rourke
Gender male
Age at Death more than 25 years, 10 months, 17 days


An article about the drowning accident, written by Liam C Sloan, of Slieve Foy, Killowen, in 2007, said that Richard was the sole support of his widowed mother.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth before July 14, 1854     1a
Baptism July 14, 1854 Kilbroney Catholic Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a
Event Note

Kilbroney Catholic Parish Register, Baptisms
14 July 1854
Richard [son] of Owen Rourke and Ann Feran.
sponsors Patt "franile?" and Mary Kilty [first sponsor's name was unreadabie to me]

Death June 1, 1880 Omeath, County Louth, Ireland    
Event Note

This is Richard's death. His brother James named his second son Richard (1883, possibly Williamstown, Victoria, Australia).

I recorded the place of death as Omeath, Co Louth, because that is where his body was found and where the death was recorded.

Superintendent Registrar's District: Dundalk, Registrar's District: Carlingford, County Louth
June 1, 1880
Richard Rourke, 24, male, bachelor, accidently drowned by upsetting of boat. informant: Coroner, County of Louth

Event Note

from an article at

But, along with the triumphs have been tragedies. For example, three young men from the locality, - Thomas Cole, Luke Farrell and Richard O’Rourke were drowned when their boat capsized in a gale on Carlingford Lough in 1880, reminiscent of a similar event, a few years ago.

The craft, owned by Charles Leslie, was sailing back from Carlingford when a sudden squall capsized the vessel, throwing everyone overboard. The captain clung to an oar, and called to his companions, but only Luke Savage responded. The local community was stunned by the loss of three well-respected young men. Cole’s body was recovered at Drumsesk; O’Rourke’s was washed ashore near Omeath, while Farrell’s Body was discovered on the beach near Rostrevor.

Burial June 20, 1880     1b
Event Note

Parish Register, Burials
20 June 1880 Richard Rourke, Ballyneddan, age 24
note in the register: the above three were drowned in Carlingford Lough June 1
[the other 2 in the register were Thomas Cole of Drumsesk and Luke Farrell of Tomnaveagh]


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Owen RourkeOctober 1819January 4, 1873
Mother Ann Feran1814April 12, 1905
    Sister     Mary Rourke before September 13, 1844
    Sister     Elizabeth Rourke before October 22, 1845
    Brother     Thomas Rourke before March 28, 1847
    Brother     Edward Rourke before February 21, 1851
    Sister     Mary Rourke before September 28, 1852 June 1925
         Richard Rourke before July 14, 1854 June 1, 1880
    Brother     James Rourke before August 15, 1856 1939

Source References

  1. Kilbroney Catholic Parish Registers
      • Page: 14 July 1854, Patrick Rourke
      • Page: 20 June 1880, burial, Patrick Rourke