Crowley Clan Council Fall Meeting Report

We held a council meeting on the evening of November 2nd, and all agreed that the Crowley Clan Gathering in Kinsale was a great social and financial success. In fact, the profit from the weekend was so good that we are now in a position to repay the loans for the Crowley Castle restoration.

Registration €12,423
Banquet 2,540
Donation to Castle Fund 905
Fundraising Bricks 1,180
Raffle 1,125
Ransom of Shield 95
Sale of Brooches 1,040
Total Income €19,308
Total Expenses €9,566
Profit €9,742

Editor's Note:
What is "Ransom of Shield", you might be wondering. On the evening of the Banquet in Kinsale, we were all having a lot of fun. There happened to be four ladies from Wales and one man from the United States who were enjoying themselves way too much. They came up with an ingenious idea for a way to raise a little more money for the Crowley Castle loan repayment. They "kidnapped" our Crowley Clan shield and held it for ransom.

On Sunday morning they made their "demand" for ransom or the shield would meet dire consequences. The ransom note was read on the coach to the road bowling. The "kidnappers" suggested one Euro per person on the coach. The ransom was collected (some people were a little more generous than one Euro) and, thankfully, the shield was returned unharmed.

Thanks to the ladies from Wales for their spirited prank that brought more money to the loan repayment fund and more fun for all of us at the gathering.

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compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain