My Childhood Neighbors

There were a number of my childhood neighbors who were definitely Irish. Usually it was the parents or at least the grandparents who had come from Ireland. There were the O’Hares, the Sullivans, the Pierces, the Faheys, the Walshes, and more. But the Crowleys – I am surprised to find that they had forebears from Ireland. Somehow I didn’t think of Crowley being an Irish type name. But it is – mainly in the south of Ireland. Investigating a bit further I found that Mrs Crowley, ne Nellie Fawcett, had forebears from the north of Ireland. Her family lived in County Antrim back before Partition in 1922. Partition divided Ireland but we are talking about ancestors who were born at a time when the island was not divided.