Castle & Irish History

A brief Irish history - In very early times, god-like warriors (possible from Persia or Greece) with magical powers were alleged to live in Ireland. It is said that the early Irish kings traced their ancestry to Japhet, Noah's oldest son. More...

Origins of the Crowley surname - The sept of O'Crowley began as an offshoot of the MacDermots of Moylurg (Co Roscommon). Their ancestor was one O'Cruadhlaoich from which the name Crowley derives. It means Hard Hero. More...

Further Notes on the Crowley surname - Crowley genealogies trace the name to one Dermot MacDermot, who had been kept as a hostage by England's King John. Upon his return to Ireland, he seized the princeship of Moylurg by the sword (1215-1218), earning him the nickname of "chruadh laoich" or "hard warrior". More...

Historical notes on the Crowley Clan - The early Crowleys were military men and many of them served Dermod McCarthy (of Blarney Castle fame). The Gaelic for Crowley translates into "hardy warrior". Our ancestors were warlike by both name and nature. Read more...