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From: "Carmen D." <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Limerick influence in Chicago
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2006 15:31:29 -0400
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Tom, this is a great posting that embraces many family names. I noticed the
name Reardon. How prominent is the Reardon name in the Chicago area?

I am looking for a Thomas Reardon from the townland of Ballycohey in
Tipperary. He was baptized @ St. Nicholas, Solohead. That parish now
encompasses Oola and as you know is close to County Limerick.

Thomas first stopped in Providence, R.I. area where his 3 brothers lived. He
then went to the Chicago area where his trail is cold. I know he was married
with 2 daughters as I have 2 family photos from studios in the Chicago area.
Thomas was the son of Edmond and Johanna Breen Reardon of Ballycohey.
Although I have the photos, unfortunately I do not have the name of his wife
or 2 daughters. Of course he may have had other children after the photos
were taken.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Limerick influence in Chicago

> Limerick immigrants were found to be most concentrated on the westside of
> Chicago and were the leading county group in every parish there except for
> Sacred Heart (founded in 1872) where a sizeable Clare colony existed. Fr.
> Michael Corbett, S.J., a native of Co. Clare, was pastor at this parish
> from 1873 to 1886.
> Bro. Mulkerins in his history of the Jesuit parish of Holy Family (12th &
> May sts.) [Holy Family Parish: Priests and People, 1923, Chicago,
> Universal Press] mentions Thomas McEnery as being one of the first
> Limerick men to have settled on the westside about 1848. McEnery, who was
> a native of the Parish Castlemahon, is credited with having established
> the colony of Limerick people in the neighborhood of Polk and May streets.
> McEnery was an influential figure in the politics of the westside though
> he never accepted a public office himself.
> Limerick people were also the leading group on the southside especially
> around the Union Stockyards. On the northside, they represented the
> largest county group only in St. Columbkille's parish, and they were
> almost equal in number to the Co. Kerry immigrants there, each accounting
> for about 20% of the parishioners.
> Of the districts in Co. Limerick, heavy emigration was noted from the
> Union of Newcastle, especially from the parishes of Abbeyfeale, Ardagh,
> Dromcolliher, Kilmeedy. A large number of emigrants were also noted from
> Castlemahon, Bruff, Galbally, Glin, Hospital, Knockaderry, Murroe,
> Knockainy, Rockhill, Doon, Feenagh, Ballylanders, Ballingarry and
> Askeaton.
> Over a hundred years ago, the Irish-American newspaper in Chicago, the
> Chicago Citizen commented on the astounding number of former Limerick
> residents in the city noting in its edition of March 4, 1894,
> "...Limerick men are ubiquitous among us. Throw a brick in the City Hall
> and you will probably hit one of them. In the neighborhood of the Jesuit
> Church you will find a grand colony of them. Go out to the Stockyards and
> you will fancy yourself in Garryowen-na-Glora."
> Among the many prominent Limerick immigrants to Chicago, the Citizen
> mentioned:
> "...from Limerick City, the Rev. Thaddeus Butler, the Rev. Patrick T.
> Butler of Immaculate Conception parish, also police captains' Hayes and
> Ward, and Alderman Thomas Carey.
> ...from Scart Mills, State legislator Michael McInerney from the
> Stockyards, and Patrick and Thomas McInerney, undertakers.
> ...from Cappamore, M. W. Ryan, County Clerk; Cornelius J. Coffey, deputy
> coroner, and his brother John Coffey who started the "Western Catholic,"
> born in Oola. Dr. Thomas O'Malley, medical officer of the Catholic Order
> of Forresters.
> ...from Pallas, John C. King, lawyer; Con Griffin, brickmaker of 22nd st.
> and Center ave., P. F. Ryan, dry goods man of the westside, and his
> brother E. F. Ryan, lawyer and John F. Ryan.
> ...from Cross, States Attorney Terence Ryan of Kane County, and his
> sisters, Mesdames Ryan of the Sacred Heart Convent, Taylor street.
> ...from Ballyneety, Mrs. A. Plamondon, nee Higgins; from
> Ballinagard--County Commissioner Pat Carroll; from Adare, Askeaton and
> Newcastle: "Black Bill" Fitzgerald, South Town Assessor, Tom Fitzgerald,
> Democratic Boss of the 12th ward, and Timothy E. Ryan, westside assessor.
> ...from Shanagolden--Fr. Hodnett of St. Malachy's parish, M. F. Barrett,
> deputy coroner, Michael Lynch of the excise, and the parents of James
> O'Hare, contractor. From Rathkealey--County Commissioner Bradley.
> ...from Newcastle--the father of Police Captain Hartnett of the Harrison
> street station, the Madigan brothers, dry goods merchants, John W.
> Enright, and John O'Brien, Superintendent of Bridges. From
> Ballymahon--Michael Scanlon, father of attorney Kickham Scanlon, James
> Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, fruit dealer Michael Corry, William
> Meade, contractor John E. McMahon who arrived in Chicago in 1848 and
> helped build the first railroad to West Chicago, Sgt. Maurice Moore, and
> policeman Mike Ahern.
> ...from Kilteely--the father of the Casey's, westside furniture men, Pat
> E. Guerin of the excise office; from Herbertstown, William Kirby and
> Thomas Dwyer, fruit dealer; from Hospital--Chief of Police Hickey, Ald.
> Reardon, the parents of Ald. W. F. Mahoney and of Steve Griffin, Clerk of
> the Circuit Court, also the Rev. P. O'Brien of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
> Church.
> ...from Boher, Justice John M. Moore fo 39th and State st.; from Bruff,
> Justice James Dooley, Denis Smith, paste manufacturer, Ald. Denis Coughlin
> and the Rev. J. M. Scanlon of Holy Name parish; from
> Garryspillane--Alderman Michael Bailey; from Croom--the mother of Michael
> C. McDonald, politician, nee Tierney; from Emly--Rev. J. D. Condon, Ald.
> Tom Purcell (whose flour and feed store was located at the corner of 12th
> and Clinton sts.) and coal dealer John Adams.
> ...from Galbally, John Cooke, brewer; from Ballylanders, Ed Powell and his
> brother Ald. George Powell; from Kiltinane--Thomas C. Courtney, building
> contractor, and P.H. Duggan, Superintendent of the Stockyards; and from
> Kilfrush--John F. and James Gubbins of Exelsior Machine and Boiler Works,
> South Canal street."
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