Eugene Patrick Daly (January 23rd, 1883 - October 30th, 1965) was a Third Class passenger of the Titanic. He survived the sinking.
Daly played "Erin's Lament" on his uilleann (elbow) pipes (a traditional Irish instrument) for his fellow steerage passengers, as the Titanic steamed away from Queenstown, bound for the new world. He would later file a claim for $50 for their loss. Similar pipes, possibly Daly's, were recently salvaged from the wreck.
During the voyage he took care of Maggie Daly, Bridget Henry and Bertha Mulvihill, all also from Athlone. He was reportedly acquainted with Jeremiah Burke & his cousin Nora Hegarty. Also travelling with him was a fellow from Co Westmeath, Michael Connaughton.
After the collision Daly helped the two women to the boat deck and to board lifeboat 15.
Daly's description of subsequent events made for sensational headlines in newspapers hungry for dramatic accounts of the sinking.
Daly claimed to have leapt overboard, and to have reached and clung to "an upturned collapsible raft," probably Collapsible B.
In later years he said that only the thickness of his overcoat kept him alive in the freezing water and that whenever he travelled he took this lucky coat with him.
Daly arrived penniless in New York as he described in an article for the Evening World. That article also described the experience of able bodied seaman Robert Hopkins.
He testified before the limitation of liability hearings in 1915.
Eugene Daly made several trips back to Ireland to visit relatives.
Many years later, Daly was interviewed in Ireland in connection with script preparation for the 1958 film A Night to Remember
He died on October 30th, 1965 and is buried in an unmarked grave at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.