Crowley Clan Council Minutes

The Council of the Crowley Clan met in Clonakilty last fall to discuss the arrangements for the Crowley Clan Gathering in September 2007, the progress of the clan's DNA testing project, and the continuing efforts of the clan to form an organization to which contributions could be made.

Council members present were Liam Crowley Taoiseach (Bandon), John Crowley Honorable Secretary (Bantry), Flor Crowley Honorable Treasurer (Bandon), Séamus Crowley (Bantry), Vincent Crowley (Bantry), Timothy Crowley (Clonakilty), Mrs Kitty Horgan, ex-Taoiseach, ()Bandon, Charles Crowley ex-Taoiseach, (Bandon), and Tom Crowley, ex-Taoiseach (Ohio).

Taoiseach Liam Crowley suggested that the focus of the 2007 gathering be the historical and cultural features of the Skibbereen/Baltimore area. Other suggestions included a talk on the effects of the famine in that area, a visit to a Mass Rock, and a wine and cheese party. All agreed that the visit to the Crowley Castle and the road bowling has been very popular in the past and should continue. An optional golf outing to be held on Monday September 17th was also discussed. The dates of the gathering are September 14, 15, and 16.

The primary venue for the 2007 gathering will be the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty. You can reserve rooms at the Quality Hotel by phoning 00-353-23-36-400 or e-mailing Group Ref. 439.

Charles Crowley who is both an ex-Taoiseach and an accountant suggested that a club rather than a company be formed. Under Irish law the forming of a company is both complicated and expensive. Forming a club would provide the structure the Crowley Clan is looking for without added burden. A club could still apply for grant money to aid in the protection of our castle ruins at Ahakeera. There was also a preliminary discussion about the rules for the proposed club.

Tom Crowley talked about the Crowley Clan yDNA project. He had brought kits with him and most of the council members agreed to participate in the Crowley DNA project, and Tom offered to discuss the project with anyone who was interested.

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain