From Marian's Desk

I'm sitting here in South Carolina finishing up this March newsletter a week before St. Patrick's Day. That is a day I've always looked forward to my entire life. When I was a child the nuns at school would make copies of every Irish tune they knew, and they knew them all! Instead of arithmetic and spelling we would spend the day singing and having a good time.

It is much the same today, but without the nuns, God rest their souls. Here in Charleston Tommy Condon's Pub takes the place of the schoolroom and the singing begins in the evening instead of in the morning. But the wonderful feeling of being proud of our Irish heritage is still the same. I hope all of you enjoyed St. Patrick's Day this year.

I had lots of help with this issue of the newsletter, and I want to thank everyone who contributed. It makes my job so much easier when the readers send in articles.

Did any of you see a handsome young man named Bill Crowley on the Jeopardy TV show late last year? Bill did very well on the show, and his dad Terry Crowley is justifiably proud. Terry writes about his son's moment of glory on page five.

Despite having a full-time job and being in the midst of repairing her home after Hurricane Wilma, Cathy Budd serves as our very able yDNA project administrator. I have heard many reasons for this project, but none is as compelling as Cathy's, which is on page six. Please read it and if you are a male Crowley consider joining the project. If you are not a male Crowley, consider asking someone in your family to participate.

Johnny Crowley of Bantry, who is the Clan Council Secretary, sent the minutes from the council meeting last fall. Thanks, Johnny. You can find a synopsis of the meeting on page three.

Finally you will notice that this issue of the newsletter is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Joseph Crowley. Thomas was a veteran of World War II, a permanent deacon at St. Pius X Church in San Antonio, TX, and the uncle of Tom Crowley of Ohio. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to the family.

Slán, Marian

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain