Letter from Our Public Relations Officer

Fellow Members of the Crowley Clan:

It has taken us some time to come back to you from our Clan Gathering, but I am the bearer of good news. As Public Relations Officer (PRO), it gives me great pleasure in telling you that having sorted things from the last gathering and the outstanding debts with the castle, we now have most of the loans repaid.

We discussed the project while Tom Crowley (Ohio) was Taoiseach of the clan, and during his reign, it was decided to proceed with the project. It was because of Tom's archeological survey, which cost $10,000, that we were taken seriously by the Department of Heritage, and that we were granted planning permission after many stumbling blocks.

With the assistance of a plan from the consulting engineers, work on the castle ruin started in 2006 by Robert Rohu. It was with a good relationship with Cork County Council Forum and Robert Rohu, the stonework specialist, that we eventually conserved the Ahakeera Castle for future generations. The total cost of the project was €30,632.

With the assistance of everybody, the Clan Council who gave interest free loans, personal donations from the clan members and contributions of all types at the gatherings, we have brought the debt down to a minimum of €4,000. In the meantime we still have a reserve in the bank account of €1,940.

To be where we are is a major achievement and special thanks must go to Canada for selling the bricks at the last gathering, our thanks to New Zealand for their contribution, and of course the Crowley descendants in America have always been very forthcoming with financial support and their presence.

Recognition must also be given to our Taoiseach Jerry Crowley for organising the contribution of the bar takings in Crossmahon on the way back from Ahakeera to the fund. The barbeque and carol singing events held in Crossmahon Pub and supported by Crowleys in West Cork also contributed greatly to the fund.

Crowleys and Crowley descendants can be very proud of the preservation of our ancestral home which will be there for generations to come. In the meantime, we are now approaching the 1,000th anniversary of our name, having distinguished ourselves at Clontarf in Dublin in 1014. Plans are now afoot to celebrate our 2013 gathering, and it will be one of celebration of our name and of our achievements of preserving our castle site.

As our debts are now to a minimum, the Clan Council will not be taken up with fundraising, but more emphasis will be earmarked to celebrating the occasion and enjoying ourselves.

Finally, we must recognize Marian Crowley Chamberlain’s contribution to the newsletter and the responsibility of the seriousness which she undertook to carry out her duties in a more than professional basis and made 2007 to 2010 the success it was.

Liam Crowley

O'Crowley's Castle
Before Restoration - September 2004

Crowley Castle

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain