Notes from the Editor

We have several articles in this issue about traveling to Ireland. Summer and early fall are ideal times to see the Emerald Isle while the sun is shining and the temperatures are moderate. We have staged our Crowley Clan Gatherings in the month of September for a number of years. We might get an occasional chilly or rainy day, but for the most part the weather has been warm and dry.

In Crowley News on page four, Tom Crowley mentions that he will be in Ireland this Fall, and also that his cousin is going to the Rose of Tralee competition. What is the Rose of Tralee? It is an international festival held annually in the town of Tralee in County Kerry. The name of the festival is from the traditional Irish ballad, The Rose of Tralee. During the festival, young women of Irish heritage from all over the world compete for the title. To read more information, go to www.roseoftralee.ie. Please join us in wishing Ashley Speaker, great granddaughter of Mary Crowley, the best of luck!

Any of you who have been to a Crowley Gathering know Martin Crowley. His coaches (what we in the USA call buses) have transported us to the Crowley Castle, to hidden Mass rocks, to road bowling sites, and to other venues all over West Cork. Martin's company is now doing heritage tours, and he is offering a discount to Crowleys traveling in Cork this summer. His phone number and email address are on page four. Be sure to let him know when you book your tour that you are a Crowley, and that you saw this offer in the Crowley Clan Newsletter.

Many of us will be waiting until 2013 to travel to Ireland so that we can attend the Crowley Clan Gathering currently planned for September 13, 14, and 15 in Kinsale. That event is still in the planning stage, but the Crowley Clan Newsletter will release further information as it becomes available.

Anytime you are traveling in Ireland, if you have an interest in searching for your genealogy or in the history of Ireland, the Irish Heritage Centers should be on your itinerary. Each county has at least one center. In addition to the Skibbereen Heritage Center mentioned on page one, the center in Cohb has a multi-media exhibit that retraces the journey of the two and one-half million Irish people who emigrated from the port of Cohb during famine times. Many of our ancestors left from Cohb. Among others, there is also a center in Galway City that might be of interest to Crowleys traveling in the west of Ireland.

If you happen to be in Ireland between August 18 and 26 this summer, that week has been declared National Heritage Week in Ireland as a part Heritage Week in Europe. A variety of events are scheduled in County Cork ranging from a bell recital at St. Colman's in Cobh to a talk on piracy in Baltimore! It will be a great week to be in Ireland, but then isn't every week?

Mise le meas,
Marian

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain