From Marian's Desk

Dia duit,

If you’ve never been to West Cork in springtime, I highly recommend it. The days are long, the tourists are few, and the wildflowers are glorious! We were especially impressed with the beautiful yellow flowering scrub that literally covered the Irish hillsides. From experiences in Scotland we identified it as gorse. But the Irish corrected us. In Ireland it is called forse. By either name it is something to see when it is in bloom.

Right now I hope you are planning on visiting West Cork in the fall of next year. Plans are being made for our Gathering of the Crowley Clan. The weekend will be the 14, 15 & 16th of September. And the center of activities will be Clonakilty. Clonakilty is a very lively town which maintains much of its local charm. Go to www.clonakilty.ie/history/historicalwalk.php for more information about the attractions and history of the city.

Clonakilty is well connected to other West Cork cities of interest including Bantry, Bandon, Skibbereen, and Cork City. If you’ve attended Crowley Clan Gatherings in the past, you know that this weekend will be filled with music, laughter, meeting old friends and new friends, good Irish food, and wonderful information about our past as Crowleys and as Irish. Hope to see you all there.

The Crowley Clan Council is requesting donations to help pay for the work of stabilizing our castle ruins at Ahakeera. Since there are Crowleys all over the world, there are many different currencies involved. We have Terry Crowley in Canada and John A. Crowley in the USA, but the Council is seeking volunteers from other countries who would be willing to act as representative for their individual countries. We would publish the address of the representatives in the newsletter so that anyone in their particular country would forward their donations to their own representative. The representative would convert the donations to Euros and forward them to the Crowley Council in Ireland.

Once our country representatives are in place we can also begin accepting members into the Crowley Clan Society. The Council is considering an annual membership and a lifetime membership. All members in good standing will be entitled to a copy of the by-laws, notification of all society events, notification of any special offers made by the society, and the right to vote in all society elections. More about this later.

Slán, Marian

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain