My family, the O’Toole’s, were born in Accony/Roonah Point. We are in some way related to most of the names you will find around Louisburgh – Scott, O’Donnell, Prendergast, Lyons, Gibbons, Friel, O’Malley, etc…
John O’Toole (son of James O’Toole and Mary Moran) and his wife Sally Scott (daughter of James Scott and Catherine Prendergast) had at least twelve children, six of which sadly died as children. Their son’s John and James left Ireland for Chicago, while Maria (Owen O’Donnell), Patrick, Sarah (Edward Lyons) and Kate (Tommy Lannon Prendergast) stayed.
My grandfather John O’Toole Jr. came to Chicago in 1920 and married Margaret Joyce of Carramore, Louisburgh. They spent the remainder of their lives along with their children John, James, Alice and Sarah in the Irish enclave called “Canaryville” on the edge of the great Chicago Union Stock Yards, always longing for their homes by the sea.
John’s older brother James O’Toole became a Chicago Police Officer before and during the heyday of Chicago’s famous gangster crime bosses like Al Capone and Bugsy Moran. He and his wife Sarah had ten children.