Chance to check on your Crowley DNA at clan gathering

August 15th, 2019 4:03 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Launching the 2019 Crowley Clan Gathering to be held at the Riverside Park Hotel were James Crowley, incoming Taoiseach with Orla Crowley and her father Dr Pat Crowley, out-going Taoiseach. (Photo: Donie Hurley)

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Organisers of the upcoming Crowley Clan Gathering in Macroom are calling on more Irish Crowleys to come and participate in this year's event.

ORGANISERS of the upcoming Crowley Clan Gathering in Macroom are calling on more Irish Crowleys to come and participate in this year’s event.

Running every three years in West Cork, this year’s event will be based at the Riverside Hotel in Macroom from September 13th to 15th and was recently launched at the same venue.

Speaking to The Southern Star, tánaiste of the Crowley Clan Council, James Crowley, said that while they have a lot of overseas interest in the gathering, they would love to see more Irish Crowleys attend and get involved.

‘At the moment we have about 100 people registered for this year’s event with mostly coming from America, Canada, France and Australia. We would love to have more Irish Crowleys come to this event and it would give them a chance to meet their American cousins,’ said James.

‘It promises to be a great weekend and one particular highlight will be a DNA information session that will take place on Sunday morning. It will be chaired by the clan DNA specialist, Cathy Budd from the USA, and she will help people trace their ancestry.’

Other events taking place over the weekend will include music, road bowling, Irish dancing demonstration as well as bus trips to historical sites like Kilmichael and Gougane Barra. The customary clan mass will also take place on the preserved Crowley Castle ruins at Ahakeera Saturday and later that night a Clan Banquet with special guests will take place at the Riverside Hotel.

The last Crowley Clan Gathering was held in Bantry in 2016 where 155 attended with the majority coming from the United States.

Speaking at the launch, Clan Taoiseach, Dr Pat Crowley from Kilkenny said that the Clan Gathering is an opportune time for all those associated with the Clan name to come along to this event.

Contact Liam on 087-22099139 or James on 086-3831474 for more information or see

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