Notes from the Editor

This issue marks the beginning of the 17th year of the Crowley Clan Newsletter. So much has happened since 1995, which was the year of my first trip to Ireland. Lamb stew and salmon were the only entrees available in many restaurants in West Cork. Wine was not to be seen, but that allowed us to enjoy a pint of Murphy's with our dinner. The rental cars were all standard transmission, the roads were ALL narrow and windy. But the B&Bs were comfortable, if not warm. The Irish breakfasts were as fantastic then as they are now. The people were friendly, helpful, and wanted to talk, talk, talk! Some things haven't changed and may they never.

Eight years later, the newsletter went on-line, thanks to our Webmaster Jim Ritzert. And, last Fall, CrowleyClan.Com went on Facebook! Why Facebook? It reaches 800,000,000 people worldwide. It is the preferred social media for younger people. It is easy to use, and communication is almost instantaneous. It will be interesting to see what, if any, influence this has on the number of attendees and the number from countries not usually represented this will have on future gatherings.

Also in this issue, Maureen Crowley from Petersborough, Ontario tells us a little bit about herself, about traveling in Ireland by public transportation, and about the Irish immigration into Canada in 1825 lead by Peter Robinson. Maureen also brings up a good suggestion. Wouldn't it be great if we had a data base of Crowleys that would be available for comparisons by Crowley family genealogists? I'd love to see that happen. What do we have to do to make this wish a reality?

Maureen has been very good in the past with sharing photos of her Crowley family in the Petersborough St. Patrick's Day parade. Hope she does again this year. What about the rest of you? How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Are there parades, celebrations, parties? Share your memories and your photos with the newsletter so we can see how Crowleys in other parts of the world commemorate the day.

Catherine Crowley Budd has been our DNA project coordinator since the beginning of the project. The project is reaching a milestone, it currently has 99 participants. We soon will pass the 100 mark. Wouldn't you or someone in your family like to have the distinction of being the 100th participant? Contact Cathy at cbudd713@comcast.net.

As always, please let me know if you have any comments, suggestions, or contributions of material you would like to share in the Crowley Clan Newsletter.

Mise le meas,
Marian

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain