From the Taoiseach:
Attached are two photos of the O'Crowley coat of arms recorded in the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland in 1771 for Pedro Alphonso O'Crowley confirming his right to bear these arms since he descends from Cormac O'Crowley chief in 1562.
This is the fourth official occurrence of the record of O'Crowley arms, the first one being in the 1624 funeral entries where John de Courcy Baron Kingsale's death is recorded. His arms are shown next to his wife Maud O'Crowley's arms (same as Pedro's) daughter of Cormac O'Crowley previously referred to. The two other occurrences are in France in 1667 and 1692, mostly consistent with Pedro's arms.
The photos of Pedro's confirmation of arms were taken during a visit at the Office of the Chief Herald Mrs. Colette O'Flaherty in April 2015 who kindly displayed the original manuscript. As can be seen the colours have not aged.
Most of the Catholic Parish Registers are now on line at the National Library of Ireland web site: http://registers.nli.ie/
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compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain