Notes from the Editor

Welcome to the first edition of our 18th year of publication. We began the Crowley Clan Newsletter after the Crowley Clan Gathering in Dunmanway in 1995. The goal was to provide a means for Crowleys who regularly attended the gatherings to keep in contact with one another between our every three year event. We were in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, England, New Zealand and the United States, a very global group of Crowleys. The newsletter gave us a vehicle to communicate with one another more often than just once in three years.

At one time, we would mail out over 100 copies of each issue. Today the number of subscribers to the paper newsletter is dwindling and no wonder. It is easier, faster, and cheaper to read the newsletter online at thanks to our Webmaster, Jim Ritzert. And that is what most people do. We also can keep in contact on our facebook page. Join us on either or both.

Are you planning on attending the Crowley Clan Gathering this September in Kinsale? If so, it is time to finalize your plans! This issue contains information on how to reserve a room at the Trident Hotel (primary venue for the gathering) at the Crowley Clan rate. Hurry because rooms are booking up and the discount is only good until May 1. We also have information on how to preregister for the Crowley Gathering.

Many of you are familiar with John A. Crowley from Georgia. This year the Crowley Clan Council has named John as global registrar. That means no matter what country you live in, with the exception of Ireland, you can send your registration check to John. He will handle all of the information and forward it on to the Crowley Council in County Cork.

You also will find some very interesting information about the Crowley Clan Coat of Arms in this issue. What is its history, who is entitled to use it, how are coats of arms regulated in England and Ireland? Michael-Patrick Crowley from France has done a great deal of research on the Irish history, Crowley history, and the development and use of coats of arms. Michael, by the way, is the current Tànaiste of our clan and will become our Taoiseach in September.

Hope you enjoy the Spring newsletter. As always, let us know any questions, thoughts, or comments.

Mise le meas,

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain