My grandfather (John Toomey) was from Limerick and I am told he boxed professionally in America before coming back to enlist for WW1. Have never been able to discover the name he fought under as a boxer but understand he was quite successful.
I too was related to Ellen Toomey. Her sister Mary Anne Toomey (my Great Grandmother) was the person who saw Ellen board the Titanic. According to my mother Mary Anne had been fearful of Ellen taking the Titanic back to the States .