Denis Lennon and Mary Mullin were the Real Life Jack and Rose of the Titanic

Liz Jin
The Collector
Published in
5 min readJun 19, 2023

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A young couple boarded the Titanic to escape a disapproving family, only to perish in the sinking.

The Titanic stopped in Queenstown to pick up 123 Irish passengers; image source.

In 1912, a young couple boarded the Titanic, thinking it was the answer to their prayers. Theirs was a forbidden love, and securing passage on the ship brought the promise of a fresh start in America where they could finally be together.

Sadly, the couple would never make it. Their dreams of a better future were forever shattered on the fateful night of the Titanic’s sinking.

Mary Mullin

Miss Mary Mullin was born in Clarinbridge, County Galway, Ireland, on August 31, 1893. Hailing from a large Roman Catholic family, Mary was the youngest of six children.

Mary’s parents were quite wealthy, as they ran a public house and shop in their village. Another sign of their affluence was the fact that they were able to send their three daughters to a prestigious boarding school, Loretto Convent, in Dublin.

Sadly, Mary’s father died when she was less than one month old. Mary’s mother, now a widow, continued to run the public house and shop while also managing a household of children and shop assistants.

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Liz Jin
The Collector

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