Crowley Clan Meeting September 7, 2013

Taoiseach Jerry Crowley of Crossmahon opened the meeting by thanking the Crowley Clan Council for all of their hard work. He turned the meeting over to Cisteoir James Crowley of Bandon.

James reported that the Crowley Clan has a total of €12,835 in the treasury. There is still an outstanding debt of €9,000 for restoration of the Crowley Castle in Ahakeera, however the lenders of these funds are Crowley Council members, and they are not pressing for payment.

Recent donations include one from Sharon Crowley of proceeds from the Crowley Clan On-Line Store, from John Rogers, and a very generous donation of  $1,000 from Richard Crowley of Boston.

Catherine Crowley Budd of Florida, who is our DNA Project Coordinator, gave a PowerPoint presentation about the project. It began in 2005 with five participants. Today there are 101 Crowley men who have done the testing. There has been a surprising number of connections made among participants, for example Liam Crowley of Bandon and Richard Crowley of Boston found out that they are second cousins. She encouraged all Crowley males to join the project.

Cathy explained that the test is a simple cheek swipe and that all information is confidential. The current cost of the recommended 37 marker test is $149. The kits do go on sale twice a year, and the Crowley Clan Newsletter does send out notices of the sale to everyone on the mailing list.

Two speakers gave presentations. Seamus Crowley spoke about his new book, The O'Crowley Clan, Some Historical Notes, which is available for €10. Seamus mentioned that the O'Crowleys were originally from County Roscommon and were a branch of the McDermott Clan. They came to West Cork as "fighting men" with the McCarthys and the O'Connors. After the Battle of Kinsale, they forfeited their lands and ended up as tenants. The earliest record of our name is 1283.

The second speaker was Tony McCarthy of Irish Roots Magazine and author of Tracing Your Cork Ancestors.

Tony listed the essential parts of compiling your family tree. First, what are your objectives? He encouraged researchers to not just concentrate on their paternal line, but rather to seek out information on all of their great-great grandparents. This broader objective gives them more chances for success.

Second, researchers need to gather their material. He suggested starting with interviews with the oldest living relatives before going on to documents in repositories and online.

Finally, Tony stressed that after the material is gathered it needs to be put into a document this is readable and can be shared with others.

The meeting was adjourned so that participants could have lunch before returning to tour Kinsale by boat in the harbor and by foot with Kinsale tour guide Dermott Ryan.

The evening concluded with an elegant banquet for which the clan sold 119 tickets.

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain