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P.J. McCrohan letter to Margaretta (McCrohan)
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My dear Margaretta , 

 

I am sure you are wondering who it is, but, I promised to write to you a few short years ago when you tip-toed into my shop here when you were touring Kerry.  Your big bus stopped nearby and you saw the name over the door. I will never forget how you transformed the place with your gentle smile and beauty and radiating charm. You were interested in the name. and I gave you some little information promising to write when I got some more.

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P.J. McCrohan letter to Margaretta (McCrohan)

October 3, 1977

17 Main Street
Cahersiveen
County Kerry
Ireland

My dear Margaretta , 

 

I am sure you are wondering who it is, but, I promised to write to you a few short years ago when you tip-toed into my shop here when you were touring Kerry.  Your big bus stopped nearby and you saw the name over the door. I will never forget how you transformed the place with your gentle smile and beauty and radiating charm. You were interested in the name. and I gave you some little information promising to write when I got some more. Well. being rather tied up with a young family (eight of them) I was not able to get around to any deep research, but I know that the clan figured prominently in the history of Kerry which was published by The Kerryman in series form about 50 years ago. 1 had been on the lookout for some such history book but without success so far, but perhaps soon when I will have more time, I will be of more help.  

 

So far I have information that the McCrohans were driven from Co. Tipperary at the time of the Norman Invasion and settled in Cork and Kerry about 1192. The McGillicuddys, around Killarny and McCrohans.around Cahersiveen. Letter Castle near Cahersiveen was their headquarters. Their lands extended from Miltown.  Killorglin, Valentia and Caherdaniel. As a result of the Cromwellian wars they were dispossesed of their lands and took to their boats, forced out to sea to Spain where the name continued to the present time.

 

They had been engaged in business with the continent importing wines and brandy from there and exporting cattle and hand woven cloth, etc., in 1754 and 1776 according to records in France and Spain dealing with the imports and exports of wine and brandy. But the history book dealt with their exploits, feuds and forays and battles during the time they were lords of South Kerry.  

 

So much for the past for now. For the present I am the only one of the name in Cahersiveen town. Ouring my time in the Anny, 1939-1946, I was the only officer of the name in Ireland. After the war I was into the records of names (births and deaths) in Dublin and I found that with a few exceptions all born under the name were born in South Kerry.

I remember my father to say one time that he went to Caherdaniel a few times about family affairs when he was a young man. I  understand his father came from there, or perhaps it was his Grandfather.

 

That's about all the information 1 have at the moment about your name and forbears, Margaretta, but 1 am still on the look out for the history book.

 

I know there is a crest or Coat of Arms going with the name and can be had on order from people who specialize in name crests.  If you are interested I could, get one for you. I know it would be a nice decoration over your door or mantle piece. I sincerely hope you 'are keeping well and happy. I am not too bad myself so far.  Had to drop the shopkeeping owing to heart trouble, but 1 was overdoing it.

 

Wishing you all the best and my God bless you.

 

I remain dear Margaretta
Yours Sincerely,

 

P. McCrohan

 

P.S. I enclose a little snap of the happy family.
P.S. Letter Castle is know locally as McCrohan's Castle.
There were two castles, one on each side of the estuary here. Ballycarberry Castle on the right and McCrohan's on the left. They were both shelled from Valentia harbour by Cromwell's forces. Ballycarberry is still an ancient landmark but Letter Castle was levelled to the ground; not much of it now only the foundation.

 

I must close now as I am called away to the Mater Misercordia Hospital in Dublin to have a heart operation. Valve Replacement. Do say a little prayer for me.  

 

Am travelling this evening.

 

So good-bye for now, Margaretta

Posted on Saturday, 20 October 2001 @ 01:05:02 EDT by Admin

 
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Re: P.J. McCrohan letter to Margaretta (McCrohan) (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Monday, 18 October 2004 @ 10:39:26 EDT
My aunt, Margaretta McCrohan, late of Princeton, NJ travelled to Ireland about the time of these letters. Catherine L. McCrohan, Mahwah, NJ




Re: P.J. McCrohan letter to Margaretta (McCrohan) (Score: 1)
by clm (CatTheGrrr8@aol.com) on Monday, 18 October 2004 @ 11:34:40 EDT
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This sounds like a story my late aunt, Margareta McCrohan, of Princeton, NJ told me about her trip to Ireland about this same time. Catherine McCrohan - clm



  

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