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A SLANE man survived the sinking of the Titanic simply because he was only one of four Irish First Class passengers James Robert Mcgough was born in Mandistown Slane in 1876 the son of Thomas Mcgough and Catherine Dowdell and with members of the family headed for the United States in 1894 and set up home in Philadelphia He became a well paid buyer for Gimbel Brothers in Philadelphia and in April 1912 found himself on board the unsinkable Titanic heading home to the US The Slane Historical Society researched the following details namely that Mcgough said ignoring ship personnel saved his life