Letter from Our New Taoiseach

Dear Clan Members,

II hope you had safe travels back to your homes taking with you fond memories of a wonderful clan gathering, a nice journey in Ireland, and great meetings with other Crowleys. In terms of program, atmosphere and interaction, we had one of our best gatherings. I personally wish we could do it all over again next weekend. I hope this feeling is shared.

Congratulations to Jerry, the Clan Council, all supporters and contributors for this wonderful achievement! It is the result of a process of learning from experience, and sustaining the efforts and drive to promote the Clan. We are grateful to all former Taoiseachs and Clan Council members, supporters, some of whom are no longer with us. Let us keep their memory alive for they are a part of the green thread of our continued history.

Our guests, representatives from Bandon City Council, Cork City Council, the MacCarthy Mor, and the O'Briens conveyed back to their organisations the quality of the reunion, the attendance, and the great atmosphere. You should all be proud to have participated in promoting this image of the Crowley Clan. It is true; we are a great bunch of people!

Thanks to your donations, we have reimbursed the loans made by Clan Council members into the Castle Fund Restoration. Without these loans the O'Crowley Castle would have entirely disappeared by now. This is another great achievement. It is under the impulse of Tom from Ohio and Liam from Bandon that the Clan Council restored and secured this unique mark in our history, a project which started in 2001. Yes, things take time.

It is a great honour to be the newly elected Taoiseach. I will endeavour to be up to the trust put in me. We have a lot to do. We have started working on the celebration of the Battle of Clontarf. A communication will be posted next month describing the proposed program and how to participate.

Before the end of the year, we will disclose the dates and a tentative program for the next gathering so as to allow for optimising travel arrangements and obtaining venues best prices.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Clan Council. My email is michael.crowley@internationalsos.com.

The sun never sets on Crowleys around the world.

Michael-Patrick Crowley
An Taoiseach

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain