(1897-1940), merchant seaman, was born in Balcarce, Buenos Aires province, the
son of John McCarthy (b.1860) and Mary Callaghan (b.1859), and
brother of Timoteo McCarthy (b.1895).
John and Mary
McCarthy were dairy farmers, originally from Ballyclough
in Mallow, Co. Cork. They emigrated from Queenstown (Cobh)
to Argentina onboard the steamer City of Dresden, arriving
in Buenos Aires on 16 February 1889. At the early age of
eight, Patricio McCarthy was
brought to Ireland together with his brother Timoteo,
and ended up in the Sacred Heart Home, Drumcondra,
run by the Sisters of Charity. In 1906 the McCarthy brothers
were sponsored by the St. Vincent De Paul Society and
sent on to St. Vincent's Orphanage, Glasnevin, in Dublin.
Spanish was their spoken language at the time.
Both brothers went to sea, training in the catering departments
of various shipping lines. Patricio McCarthy served on the Irish
registered fishery protection vessel Fort Rannoch before
he lost his life on the steam trawler Leukos on 9
March 1940. Timoteo served in Irish shipping throughout
the War World II. He was also a great friend of Captain Carlsen
of the Flying Enterprise, and died at sea in August
1960, being buried in the Catholic Cemetery, Cimitero
Latino, Rue De Port Said, in Alexandria, Egypt. Patricio
McCarthy was the only Argentine citizen lost on
an Irish registered vessel during World War II.
Eduardo A., El Aporte de los Irlandeses a la
Formación de la Nación Argentina (Buenos
Aires, 1982), pp. 369-370.
- Mulvany, Peter, Irish Seamen's Relatives Association
accessed 14 January 2004.