1000th Anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf

From April 23 to April 25 the Crowley Clan participated in the commemoration of the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. High King Brian Boru leading the Irish army defeated the Vikings of Dublin, Manx and Orkneys in a decisive battle which crushed forever the Viking power in Ireland. It is at this battle that the name of our clan was given to our ancestor by King Brian.

We proudly participated in the Christ Church ceremony, along with other clan representatives such as The O’Kelly, The O’Tierney, in all about 12 Clan Chiefs were present including our Taoiseach. Our clan throughout the celebration event had a strong representation with Liam, Larry, Dr Patrick, Charlie, Moira (Dr Pat’s sister). In support our friend Sean de Verdun had the courtesy to take a picture.

Crowleys at the Clontarf Anniversary

At the celebration banquet our clan delegation made quite an impression as the Crowleys walked into Clontarf Castle Hotel with two pipers, our banner displayed and standing high, walking to the reception of the O’Brien Clan and presenting our Banner to The O’Brien, 32nd descendant in direct line from King Brian.

Later the pipers piped in The O’Brien to his banquet table, and performed the best piping. Alen and Terry Tully are pipers from the Saint Lawrence O’Toole Pipe Band. In 2010 they were world champions. We are proud to have escorted The O’Brien as our ancestor did fight for him at Clontarf.

Contributed by Michael-Patrick Crowley, an Taoiseach

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain