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Search for Cryan and Crehan produced no results, three for Crean
Last name First name Year of birth Year of
event Place of event Record series Record
Crean Eric Hubert 1894 1918 - CRIM9 VIEW
Crean Elizabeth Ann 1849 1887 Lancashire HO140 VIEW
Crean James 1828 1878 Middlesex HO140 VIEW
O'Crean Tomb, Sligo Friary
Choir Of Sligo Abbey. Drawn For Colonel Cooper from an
original sketch and partly finished from a photograph July 1882.
Copyright Sligo County Library
Modern Image of O'Crean Tomb
Sligo Friary, County Sligo.
Copyright Sligo County Library
If you would like to find out more about your own family write to either
The Sligo Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Stephens St., Sligo or The
Roscommon Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.
For a good general book on Irish genealogical resources see John Grenham's 3rd edition Tracing your Irish Ancestors, (Dublin, Gill & Macmillan 1992, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993)
Homepages of the designated Genealogy Research Centre for Counties Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim.
"John O'Crean occupied the old family 'castle' in Castle Street
in the 1680s where he had a tan yard, as he traded in hides." [Now demolished]
The drawing is from Wood Martin's book, A History of Sligo Vol II, He gives no source or date for it, so the origin of the drawing remains unknown.
"1630, Francis Taafe, was born at Crean’s Castle, Sligo, his son Nicolas Taafe, was also born at Crean’s Castle in 1677. (Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 55). (also Memoirs of the Family of Taaffe)."
Map showing Crean's castle
"The map showing Crean's castle was reconstructed by myself,
from a variety of sources. The castle was clearly situated on the southern side
of Castle Street, opposite the contemporary Jones' or Gethin's castle. No
archaeological trace of it has every been found, despite some modest recent
excavations to the rear of Foleys pub. The southern side of Castle Street was
most likely extensively rebuilt from about 1820 onwards, obliterating any traces
of earlier buildings."
"Notes I made in preparation for Section 12 of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Sligo, (F. Gallagher and ML Legge), 2011. This will give you a clear idea of the chronology of Crean's Castle from contemporary sources." (Fiona Gallagher) See below:
Crean’s Castle, Castle St, S.. Fortified town house,
1600 - erected by the Crean merchant family sometime before 1600.
1630, Francis Taafe, born at Crean’s Castle, Sligo, his son Nicolas Taafe, was also born at Crean’s Castle in 1677. (Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 55). (also Memoirs of the Family of Taaffe).
1641, held out under siege during rebellion. (Wood Marin, ii, 39).
1645, mentioned in letter from Cpt Gerald Dillon to Sir Ulick Burke, stating that it had held out against the Parliamentarians. (Wood Martin, ii, 76).
1682, John Crean, Castle, (Strafford rental). Also Peter Darsey, ‘house and castle,’in Castle St.
1687, ‘a castle in possession of Peter D’arcy’. (Strafford Rental).Also castle or house now in possession of John Greene. (Strafford Rental).[May have been third fortified house].
1708. ‘Peter Darcy’s Castle house, now in possession of John Gamble. (RD. 1/331/309). 1739, ‘Ruins of Crane’s Castle’. (Henry).
1762, ‘The plot of ground whereon the old castle, commonly called Crean’s castle stood...”. (RD 262/61/166492).
1772, castle, Castle St, occupied by William Blest. (Cess Books)[This may be Jones’ Castle, contemporarily considered as being on Castle Street, rather than Teeling St].
1798. Crean’s Castle pulled down between 1798 and 1807. (Sligo Chronicle, 15-03-1863). Illustration of Castle, (Wood – Martin, ii.36)
(Fiona Gallagher 2013)
The Streets of Sligo by Fiona Gallagher
Almost a decade in preparation this book is an opportunity to explore the process of urban growth and evolution since the foundation of Sligo by the Normans seven centuries ago. With over 47 chapters, one for each street in the hostoric core, the book is abundantly illustrated with maps, sketches and photographs. Also included are lists of 19th century traders, and an analysis of the population of the borough since 1600.
Old schoolhouse, Croghan Co Roscommon
Where John Cryan (1830s-1905), my great great grandfather, taught
Cryan's pub, Carrick-on-Shannon
My Cryan Genealogy
My great great grandfather, John Cryan, married Margaret Dolan in Boyle, Co. Roscommon in 1858 and spent his life in Croghan, about 5 miles south of Boyle, working as a National School teacher (where he is still remembered as Master Cryan) until his death in 1906. From his age on his Death Certificate I believe he was born around 1833 and a reference to a family who had a son, John, at that time has been found. This was a couple, John Cryan and Catherine Drury, who married in 1829 in Croghan and had three sons John (b.1833 in Boyle), James (b.1842 in Boyle) and Patrick (b.1831 in Croghan). I do not know what happened to Patrick and James. Does this information sound familiar to you? Have you ever heard talk of a Master Cryan in your family? Maybe these names have been passed down through the generations as they have in my family. Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crean's pub, Oldcastle, Co. Meath
Roscommon Herald Articles
Crean's Shop, Townsend Street, Dublin
(Not sure if these were North Creans (Sligo- Ó Croidheáin)
or South Creans (Kerry - Ó Cuirin)
Resources for researchers
The following list contains files, pictures and information that has been gathered from many different sources, including Internet websites and lists, the National Library, the National Archives, the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Registry of Deeds, Military Archives, Roscommon and Kerry County Libraries etc.
Crean / Cryan Stone Memorials from 1500s-1900s
Gravestones and Memorials
Registry of Deeds Henrietta Street, Dublin
Précis of Memorials of Deeds relating to Crean and Cryan
of Cos Sligo and Roscommon
Roman Catholic Registers for Boyle and Kilbryan (1792) Co Roscommon
Entries for Cryan and variants 1793 - 1833 of Baptisms, Burials and Marriages
Cryan et al pictures/drawings 1
Cryan et al pictures/drawings 2
Images from The Roscommon Herald
Mormon: Cryans and variants Part 1
Mormon: Cryans and variants Part 2
CRYAN DEATHS 1864-1983
From the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Links to Cryan (and name variants) pages
Carrowreagh Cryans - Patricia Buker
Irish Times Cryan clippings Page 1
Irish Times Cryan clippings Page 2
Croghan Throne pictures
Roscommon Herald Cryan references
Collected articles containing Cryan (and variants) references:
Roscommon Herald Articles 1 - 85
Roscommon Herald Articles
John Cryan's pub, Boyle, Co Roscommon
The Roscommon Herald 28-12-1895
My Great Great Grandmother Eliza Shanahan
The Irish Times 17 Feb 1951
The Rootsweb CRYAN-LIST
Copy the files into a Word document and use the Search
and Find command to find the surname variant, townland, or any other keywords you are researching.
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All the above Rootsweb Cryan-List emails from 1998 to the present can be found in the archive here:
or searched here:
To join the Cryan List click on the following link:
My Great Grandaunt, Bridget Cryan (b 1882)
(first from left)
My Great Grandaunt, My Father's First Cousin,
My Father's Paternal Grandmother, and My Grandaunt c1920s
Bridget Cryan (b 1882) / Joan O Neil / Johanna Cryan (Shanahan) / Girlie (Cryan) O Neill.
The Roscommon Herald 19-4-1902
In Ireland Surnames can still be found concentrated in the County from which
they originate. In this manner one can examine the individual Surname
distribution maps on the Irish Origenes website and pinpoint a ‘Genetic
Homeland.’ The Genetic Homeland is the very small area, usually within a 5km (or
3 mile radius) where one’s ancestors lived for hundreds if not thousands of
years. It is the area where one’s ancestors left their mark in the place names
of that area and in the DNA of its current inhabitants. Since modern science can
pinpoint a Genetic Homeland it can also be used to confirm it by DNA testing
individuals from the pinpointed area.
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Surname distribution map for Cryan:
Surname distribution map for Crean:
Surname distribution map for Crehan:
My paternal grandmother with my great
grandmother out for a stroll c1930s
General Research Websites
Genealogy Research Centres
Ballymote, Co Sligo, Ireland (from Paul Cryan)
M. Cryan's shop c.1938
The shop M.Cryan's would have been my grandfather's brother
Matts shop in Ballymote Town . The Cinema is next door and I vaguely remember
that was owned by his brother Bartholomew (Batty). My father was born in Cryan's
confectionery shop next to McDonagh's pub in O'Connell street, now called
Doddy's. I believe this is Matt's shop in the photo which would have been in
'That Certain Age' (1938)
Invoice for works 1918
Invoice for works carried out by Cryan's harness makers. My great grand father Michael had a harness/saddler business in Ballymote Town. This was carried on by the oldest brother Patrick when he died (no idea what happened to Patrick) and I can only guess that Bartholomew (Batty) kept it going, although he became and auctioneer/land agent. The harness/saddler business was in New Town Street which I believe is now O'Connell street.
Contact Paul for more info or suggestions:
Frances Cryan hails from Carrick-on-Shannon and joined her local rowing club in 1974. Through her rowing talents, she brought many honours to her country, county, town and club.
Frances Cryanwas five times Irish Ladies Single Sculls Champion from the years 1976-1980 inclusive. Frances became the first woman to row for Ireland in the Olympic Games, when she competed in the 1980 games held in Moscow, and she came seventh in the overall classification table for the single sculls event.
My grand uncle Joseph Cryan with his wife Olive
Cryan Family Genealogy Forum
Crean Family Genealogy Forum
The Registry of Deeds
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The Irish Times June 1970
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Its county genealogy centre members are based in local communities and work with local volunteers, historical societies, clergy, local authorities, county libraries and government agencies to develop and preserve a database of genealogical records for their county. By using this website you are supporting that work and the communities from which your ancestors originated.
My grandfathers brothers and brother-in-law 1920s
(left to right) Joseph Cryan / Mr Gilsenan (family friend) / Stephen Cryan / John O Neill / Pat Cryan. Circa 1920s
The Land Register
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Robert Cryan (1827-1881)
54 Parnell Square, Dublin
Robert Cryan (1827-1881) was an Irish medical doctor, professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the Catholic University in Dublin, Ireland, as well as a lecturer on anatomy and Physiology at the Carmichael School of Medicine in Dublin.
Grave of Dr Robert Cryan and other members of the family
Dr Robert Cryan's family tree
Robert Cryan lived at 54 Rutland Square, (now called Parnell Square, Dublin, Ireland, and was licensed to practice medicine in 1847 by the Royal College of Surgeons.
The Nation 22 November 1856
My grand uncle Pat Cryan, Garda H.Q. in the Phoenix Park
Unknown / Pat Cryan (1905-1982) / Unknown / Unknown / 1920s
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Will books and grant books
Cryan's Hotel -Carrick
Photo- Martina (77)
'Cryan's Hotel opened in Carrick on Shannon in August 2007. Although the family have been in business in Carrick on Shannon for over 50 years. Having a long established tradition of great hospitality good food and great craic in their famous traditional Irish bar. Cryan's hotel is located right beside the River Shannon and Carrick On Shannon Town Centre.'
Every year thousands of people visit the National Library to carry out family history research. Library material used by family history researchers includes the microfilms of Catholic parish registers, copies of the important nineteenth century land valuations (the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith's Valuation), trade and social directories, estate records and newspapers.
The Irish Press 22 July 1960
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Back row Des Cryan / Kevin Cryan/
My father (Kevin Cryan) and siblings 1950s
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'Crean's Dublin Made Soap'
Tigh Neachtain Pub, Galway (2009)
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Cryan's Ale House and Grill
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Roscommon County Council
Burial Ground Survey of Catholic parishes in Co. Roscommon
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