From Marian's Desk

Welcome to the final issue of the Crowley Clan Newsletter for 2012. As we head into the holiday season, thoughts are pulled in two directions, past and future. This year has been an interesting year. The Crowley Clan Newsletter began its 17th year of publication, www.crowleyclan.com began its 10th year, and our Facebook page, crowleyclan.com, began its 2nd year.

The success of our Facebook page is interesting. Facebook provides demographics every week, so it is relatively easy to see how many people see us on Facebook, how old the users are, where they live and which posts are most popular. Our most popular post, about the Irish Olympic medal winners meeting with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, was seen by almost 400 people. Other recent popular posts have been a video about the Irish language and one about a new book entitled Illustrated Irish Folklore.

Most people still read our Facebook in English, followed by German, Dutch, Czech, French, and Irish. The big news currently, in the newsletter, on the web, and on Facebook, has to do with our upcoming Crowley Clan Gathering planned for the weekend of September 13, 14, & 15 in Kinsale, Ireland. The Trident Hotel, which is on the waterfront in Kinsale, will be our primary venue.

Any Crowley who has attended a gathering (I've attended five) will tell you that it is a fun, exciting and interesting weekend. Crowleys are not known for being quiet or withdrawn. It is a large group of interesting people who are eager to meet each other and to share their histories.

Crowleys from all over the globe come home and celebrate their Irish heritage. There will be good food, good fun, and many surprises. Six years ago we actually had a brother and sister, who hadn't seen each other in years, arrive without knowing the other persons was coming! I had the privilege of pointing out to the sister that her brother was in the same room. It was emotional and exciting. You never know who you will meet at a Crowley Clan Gathering.

Kinsale is a truly Irish city, and it is also a truly European city with a history dating back in time. The winding streets can attest to that! It has many hotels, guesthouses, and B & Bs. Kinsale is known as the gourmet capital of Ireland with world class restaurants and cozy pubs. It is a walkable city even at night if you have good walking shoes and a flashlight.

Most people fly into either Shannon or Dublin and rent a car. However, there are also flights into Cork City which is only 18 miles away. And, our Winter/Spring 2012 newsletter, which is on our website, has an article by Maureen Crowley of Ontario about traveling by bus and train in Ireland.

Start planning now. If you have questions or comments, send them to the newsletter. We will try to find answers for you.

Mise le meas,
Marian

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain