The O'Toole Family

Accony / Roonah Point

Nancy Bond

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.

Photo:O'Toole Home in Accony Roonah

O'Toole Home in Accony Roonah

Photo:John O'Toole of Accony and Chicago

John O'Toole of Accony and Chicago

Photo:James O'Toole of Accony and Chicago

James O'Toole of Accony and Chicago

Photo:James and Sarah McDarby O'Toole wed in Chicago

James and Sarah McDarby O'Toole wed in Chicago

Photo:Maria O'Toole O'Donnell and children

Maria O'Toole O'Donnell and children

Photo:Maria O'Toole (Owen) O'Donnell and children

Maria O'Toole (Owen) O'Donnell and children

Photo:Joyce sisters of Carramore

Joyce sisters of Carramore

Photo:Anne Scott with her mother Ann Prendergast Scott and her mother Mary Lannon Prendergast

Anne Scott with her mother Ann Prendergast Scott and her mother Mary Lannon Prendergast

Photo:Back Row L to R: Fr Tom Scott, Richie Prendergast, "Old Father" James Prendergast, Patrick Prendergast, "Young Father" James Prendergast. FRONT ROW L to R: Pat Scott (Shraugh), Fr John Sweeney (Raheens), Geoffrey Myles Gibbons, James Patrick Prendergast (Chicago), John Joe Prendergast

Back Row L to R: Fr Tom Scott, Richie Prendergast, "Old Father" James Prendergast, Patrick Prendergast, "Young Father" James Prendergast. FRONT ROW L to R: Pat Scott (Shraugh), Fr John Sweeney (Raheens), Geoffrey Myles Gibbons, James Patrick Prendergast (Chicago), John Joe Prendergast

Photo:Bridget Scott Joyce of Accony and Leenane

Bridget Scott Joyce of Accony and Leenane

Photo:Geoffrey Prendergast 1928

Geoffrey Prendergast 1928

Photo:James Gibbons

James Gibbons

Photo:Unknown brother of James J Lyons of Accony and Illinois

Unknown brother of James J Lyons of Accony and Illinois

Photo:James J Lyons of Accony and Illinois

James J Lyons of Accony and Illinois

Photo:Joe Lyons husband of Mae Scott

Joe Lyons husband of Mae Scott

Photo:Children of Patrick Joyce (Carramore) and Anne Scott (Accony) in Chicago

Children of Patrick Joyce (Carramore) and Anne Scott (Accony) in Chicago

Photo:Mae Scott Lyons and Annie

Mae Scott Lyons and Annie

Photo:Patrick and Maria McDonnell Lyons of Accony

Patrick and Maria McDonnell Lyons of Accony

Photo:Patrick Joyce of Carramore, Louisburgh born in Mounterowen West, Leenane, Galway

Patrick Joyce of Carramore, Louisburgh born in Mounterowen West, Leenane, Galway

Photo:John O'Donnell son of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell

John O'Donnell son of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell

Photo:Kate O'Donnell daughter of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell

Kate O'Donnell daughter of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell

Photo:Mary O'Donnell (daughter of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell) and husband Redmond Gibbons (Cloonlara)

Mary O'Donnell (daughter of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell) and husband Redmond Gibbons (Cloonlara)

Photo:Redmond Gibbons of Cloonlara

Redmond Gibbons of Cloonlara

Photo:Sarah O'Donnell (daughter of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell) and husband Mike Crowley

Sarah O'Donnell (daughter of Maria O'Toole O'Donnell) and husband Mike Crowley

Photo:Patrick Scott "PS" Joyce of Carramore, Louisburgh and Dublin

Patrick Scott "PS" Joyce of Carramore, Louisburgh and Dublin

This page was added by Nancy Bond on 10/06/2012.
Comments about this page

Thanks for posting this! It's nice to finally see a picture of my Great-Great-Grandparents, Patrick Lyons & Maria McDonnell. My grandfather had told me her name was Mariah, but I haven't found any proof of that bit of information.

By Mary Ellen Ryan (Chicago, IL)
On 18/03/2014

Thanks Nancy for sharing these photographs and information. The photographs are in great condition despite the dates shown for when actually taken. I love looking at old photographs and these are amazing, the clothes, hair styles and even family features, some probably still identifiable in generations today.Thanks so much for sharing and in doing so you have recorded some history that would otherwise be forgotten.

By Mary O'Malley
On 14/06/2012

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