News from Around the World

Lt. Col. Donal Crowley, Stockport, Ireland:
Greetings and very best wishes for a wonderful Clan Rally weekend.

I am with you all in spirit, and I hope and pray that you will have a great get-together. The weather here in Stockport is great at the moment, and I hope it is likewise in Clonakilty. Have a good time and think of those of us who for one reason or another cannot be with you. I look forward to hearing all about the Rally in due course. God bless all the members of the Crowley Clan,

Slán agus beannact!
Lt Col Donal Crowley

(Tom Crowley of Ohio received the above message from Donal Crowley after Tom had left for Clonakilty. Donal Crowley, along with David Crowley, Liam’s dad, and Flor Crowley, Brian the MEP’s dad, were the founders of the modern Crowley Clan Gathering)

Pat Fitzgerald, Bridgewater, NJ, USA (pjfitzgerald88@optonline.net):
I am a descendant of Nicholas Crowley who left County Cork in 1859 and headed to America. He first settled on a farm just outside Washington, DC but soon moved into the city to an area called Georgetown. Other Irish families there were the Sullivans, Keans, and O'Connors.

Nicholas was born in May 1840 and is believed to have come from Parish Caheragh, but we are not sure of that. His mother may have been Catherine Crowley but we are not sure of that either.

April MacLeod, Atlanta, GA(melgesbabe@aol.com):
Hello. I am looking for information on the Kentucky or Williamsburg, KY Croleys.

Paul & Carol Crowley, Franklin, PA(p.c.crowley@embarqmail.com):
We received the newsletter today and it brought back wonderful memories of the gathering in September. We enjoyed Clonakilty and all the events. Since getting back Paul has received several more DNA matches. Paul is now the official mayor for Franklin, PA. It was a landslide victory. He was sworn in on January 5, and we had a reception at the Irish Cottage Inn. We are wishing we were back in Clonakilty.

Tom Crowley, Gwent, Wales, UK:
What a successful gathering once again, the result of once again the tremendous hard work put in by the committee. Past Taoiseach Liam must have found it particularly hard as a working farmer to find the time to get to committee meetings. I believe all those Crowleys who were new to a gathering were more than pleased with the event.

Marian Crowley Chamberlain and Chrissy Crowley; photo used with permissionLisa Butchart, Ontario, Canada fiddle@bmts.com:
Hello Crowley kinfolk! I have great news. Cape Breton fiddler Chrissy Crowley has been nominated for the "Young Performer of the Year Award" by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She released her self-titled debut recording last February 2007.

From the editor: Chrissy performed for us at the Crowley Clan Gathering in Clonakilty, County Cork in September 2007. She did not win the award, but since she is only 17 she can be nominated again next year. Good luck, Chrissy. We are all proud of you.

The Munster to Wales to Pennsylvania Project www.munwapa.moonfruit.com:
If your ancestors left Ireland and came to Wales before settling in America, this is the site for you.

The aim of this site is to unite descendants of Irish men and women who left Ireland in search of a better life and found themselves in Wales. Some of these Irish wound up then traveling to America - specifically to particular places in Pennsylvania.

Our goal is to provide one another with information about where our Irish ancestors lived in Wales in the hopes of finding a common thread so that we may finally bring our Irish ancestors back home to Ireland.

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain