'Cor mundum crea in me Deus'
A pure heart create in me, O God

Ó Croidheáin Family History


This page is maintained by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin (Kevin Cryan) who can be contacted through his art website at http://gaelart.net/

Latest update:
7 May 2019

Site content  
1/ Early History
2/ Research Centres and References
3/ My Cryan Genealogy
4/ Resources for researchers
5/ Roscommon Herald Articles
6/ The Rootsweb CRYAN-LIST
7/ DNA and
Surname distribution maps
8/ General Research Websites
Irish Family History Foundation (I.F.H.F.)
Genealogy Research Centres Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim
- The Registry of Deeds
- The Land Register
- Valuation Office
- National Archives
- National Library
- General Register Office
- 1901 Census
- The Irish Times Archive search
- Irish Newspaper Archive
Irish History Online
- Ireland's Historical Mapping Archive
- Eneclann
- and more ...

9/ Family History Sites


BLAZON: Argent a wolf rampant sable between three human hearts gules.
CREST: A demi-wolf rampant sable holding between the paws a human heart or.

Crean family motto:

'Cor mundum crea in me Deus'
Psalm 51:10
'God, create a pure heart in me,
and make my spirit strong again.'



Early History

According to E. MacLysaght (Irish Families) (O)Cryan,Crynes are Co. Roscommon versions of Crean - "O Crean,Crehan - According to MacFirbis, O Crean and O Cregan are synonymous, Crehan being a variant of Crean. In Irish Crean and Crehan are O Croidheain (spelt O Craidhen by the Four Masters) ... These families formed a minor sept of the Cineal Eoghan belonging to Donegal, with a branch in the neighbouring county of Sligo. They are twice mentioned by the four Masters as wealthy merchants, ... in 1506 as of Donegal; in 1572 as of Sligo. The Clongowes manuscript gives them a higher status : the then head of the family was John O Crean of Ballynegare, and inanother place in the manuscript O Crean of Annagh is stated to have been one of the leading families of Co. Sligo in the sixteenth century. According to the "Annals of Loch Ce" the Bishop of Elphin in 1582 was an O Crean, but he was "removed" in 1584. Father Daniel O Crean (d. c. 1616) of Holy Cross, Sligo was Provincial of the Dominican order in a period of intensive persecution."

Books with references to the early Creans:

Olde Sligoe: Aspects of Town and County over 750 Years
[Paperback] John C. McTernan (Author) (Has a foto of Crean tomb in Abbey)

MacDermot of Moylurg: The Story of a Connacht Family
[Hardcover] Dermot MacDermot (Author), Conor MacDermot (Illustrator)

Power, Politics and Land: Early Modern Sligo, 1568-1688
[Hardcover] Mary O'Dowd (Author) 

The Irish Dominicans, 1536-1641
[Hardcover] Thomas Flynn (Author)

History of Sligo: County and Town; With Illustrations from Original Drawings and Plans,
Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint) [Paperback] W. G. Wood-Martin (Author) 

History of Sligo, County and Town, from the Close of the Revolution of 1688 to the Present Time
[Paperback] W G 1847 Wood-Martin (Author)

The History of Sligo: Town and County
[Paperback] Terence O'Rorke (Author)

The Irish & Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry (orig. 1884, reprint 1969)
John O'Hart

Irish Pedigrees - Vol. I Irish Pedigrees - Vol. II   or The Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation
By John O'Hart (Limited American Edition, New York, 1915)

Texts from above books:


The Irish & Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry (orig. 1884, reprint 1969)
John O'Hart

p. 456: "Symon CRANE" listed in the Grants, Under the Acts of Settlement &
Explanation [1661-65].
p. 35:  The BENNETT Family:  "134.  Eleanor, daughter of Nathaniel WARREN; m.
Robert CREAN of Dublin (of the CREAN-LYNCH Family) .... This Eleanor in 1838
removed to the City of NY with her children.
"135.  Henrietta-Agnes CREAN (d. in Saxony 31 mar, 1873); daughter of Eleanor.
Married in NYC 6-June-1840, James Gordon BENNETT, who was born at New Mill,
Keith, Banfshire, in Scotland; was the founder of the "NY Herald" Newspaper;
and died in 1872, leaving issue one son and one daughter ..."
footnote:  "This Henrietta-Agnes CREAN had a brother Robert CREAN of NYC, who
d. s.p.; and two sisters - 1. Helena-Margarette CREAN, 2. Georgina CREAN.
This  Helena-Margarette CREAN married, first, Lindsay Downes RICHARDSON of
Dublin (son of Marmaduke Jenni RICHARDSON of Armagh) and had: 1. Linsay Robert
RICHARDSON of NYC, Capt. 7th NY N.G. (d.s.p. 1873); Marmaduke Jenni Schomberg
RICHARDSON, NYC, living in 1881; 3. Eleanor RICHARDSON-BISHOP, D.S.p. in 1880
- all three born in Dublin.  And Georgina CREAN, mentioned above, m.
Vichenburg of NY, living in Holland in 1881." [from Leslie]

The History of Sligo: Town and County
[Paperback] Terence O'Rorke (Author)


In thinking of market crosses, which were formerly very numerous in England, there being about 5,000 of them there before the Reformation, and not rare in Ireland, one must not conceive of them, as if they were mere naked pieces of stone or wood in the form of a cross; for they were often arched and elaborate stone structures, roomy enough to afford shelter to the market people upon the coming on of rain, so that, in erecting this Market Cross, Dr. O'Crean made a handsome and expensive present to the people of Sligo. And, the people must have been the more grateful, as it was the bishop's own money that paid for it.

A drinking fountain may have been combined with the market cross, for the combination was not unusual; and the discovery of a well, some time ago, at the foot of Market Street, on the spot where the cross stood, makes it probable, that the fountain was a part of the structure.

From 1562, the date of his appointment, to 1584, Dr. O'Crean seems to have been unmolested by the State in the performance of his episcopal functions, and even to have had the formal sanction of the authorities for the last two years of this period; but being summoned, in the year 1584, to take the oath of supremacy, and refusing, says Dr. Lynch, " to defile himself by such a sacrilegious act," the Government set him aside as far as they could, and put in his place John Lynch, to whom, of course, they gave the temporalities of the see. Lynch was an unprincipled hypocrite, and in such bad odour with the people, that they ascribed to his presence even the natural evils which befel the place of his residence, Grange in Magherow. " There was," says the Annals of Loch Ce, " a wicked, heretical bishop in Elphin, and God performed great miracles upon him. And his place of residence was the Grain sech of Magherow ; and a shower of snow was shed for him, and a wild apple was not larger than each stone of it; and not a grain was left in his town; and it was with shovels the snow was removed from the houses; and it was in the middle month of Summer that shower fell." Even the Protestants came, in the course of time, to think as ill of him as the Catholics, and, as he was reconciled to the Church before his death, in 1611, Ware says of him, " He voluntarily resigned his See, on the 19th of August, 1611, having by alienations, fee farms, and other means, so wasted and destroyed it, that be left it not worth 200 marks a year. It is said, he lived a concealed, and died a public Papist." "While this wretched man lived amid the execrations of his neighbours, Bishop O'Crean was surrounded by the love and respect of all, in the convent of Holy Cross, to which he retired, in 1584, and in which he lived, a model of every virtue, to 1594, when he went to his reward. He was buried, of course, in the convent, though this is not stated; and the small stone statue of a bishop, or abbot, with crozier in hand, which, after having been removed from, its proper place, now stands on the slab of the high altar, may have been intended to perpetuate his memory. The proper place of this statue was, no doubt, in the buttress of the east cloister, which at present lacks a part or member, for the statue exactly fills the space of the missing member. It is, perhaps, still more likely that the statue was intended to represent Saint Dominick, the founder of the Order of Friars Preachers, for a statue of Saint Francis, the patriarch of the Franciscans, occupies an analogous position in one of the cloister buttresses of Creevalea Abbey.

The writer is pained to have to add, that having just been to Holy Cross to test certain measurements, made some time ago, he found the buttress of the east cloister gone, though existing in fair preservation at the date of a preceding visit, a fact which shows the alarming rate at which the beauties of the structure are disappearing, and the need of taking prompt and vigorous action to stop or check the vandalism in progress.

It is recorded that Doctor O'Crean had a special devotion to St. Ursula, and her virgin companions.

Olde Sligoe: Aspects of Town and County over 750 Years
[Paperback] John C. McTernan (Author) (Has a foto of Crean tomb in Abbey)
From 'Sligo and its surroundings - 1739' Page 131

In the midst of the Town stands the old Market Cross, supported by four small pillars of
black marble polished and fluted. It is a square to which there is an ascent of four steps on
each side. On the top is an inscription which by the style and wit seems monkish. It alludes
to a marriage between Hart and Crean.
Under the Arms are these lines:-

Desine mirari Lector quod bis Tria non sunt,
Sex: Unum faciunt, necduo Sculpta noles.
Nempe ex Conjugibus caro facta est una duous.
De sex corda Duo, Deque Duobus Unum.
Hinc Duo sunt Unum, sex Unum, et quod magis Unum.
Munitumque, Lupus quam quod et Hasta Fovent.

[Translated, it reads:

"Cease to marvel, Reader, that twice three are not
six : they make one. Nor seek for two inscriptions.
Truly one flesh is made from two spouses.
Two hearts [are made] from six and one from two.
Hence two are one,  six [are] one, and what is more
one and more protected than the one that the wolf and the spear watch over [?]."]

N.B. The Arms of Hart, who created this Cross, are three hearts, the Crest a spear. Those of Crean three
hearts, the Crest a wolf. There is no date.

Cryan's Tavern, Hunterdon County, NJ, USA
"If you're ever in Hunterdon County, NJ, USA stop in for Pint and say Hi to the Cryan Family.
Our family roots are from Castlerea, County Roscommon"


   or The Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation
   By John O'Hart (Limited American Edition, New York, 1915)
O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees is a standard work of reference for anyone engaged in Irish genealogy - no library should be without a copy. It was first published in Dublin in 1878 at a time I always thought of as the Celtic Twilight but which Wikipedia tells us was the Irish Literary Revival. This was a time when there was a flowering of work by playwrights, poets and scholars keen to reveal Ireland's Celtic past to an audience who were giving up the Irish language and had forgotten or never knew of Ireland's rich heritage. The work must therefore be seen in that context.

Today a genealogical work which starts with the Creation and giving a pedigree from Adam and Eve would generally not inspire great confidence. O'Hart, quoting many ancient texts does exactly that - stating that the Celtic race descends from Milesius of Spain, his 3 sons and his uncle. The format for the first volume therefore is divided into 4 sections: Families descended from Heber, Ithe, Ir and Heremon staring with the families of Brady, Brenan, Carroll, Casey, Clancy, Coghlan, etc. and ending with Scanlan, Sheane, Spillane, Sweeny, Tatly, Tierney and Tully. At the end of Vol I O'Hart has included colour images of Coats of Arms.

The second Vol. gives families who were of Danish, Anglo-Norman, English, Welsh, Scottish, Huguenot and Palatine extraction. A General Index of both vols. is to be found at the end of Vol II together with a most valuable Index of Sirnames (surnames). Also given is a section Opinions of the Press quoting extracts of reviews of the book in 78 newspapers and periodicals! One of which,The Philadelphia Inquirer, said:

.. We have in our midst so many descendants of the old families of Ireland, that this volume will be deeply interesting and valuable to those who take pleasure in genealogical researches. Mr. O'Hart has shown industry, perseverance and zeal in preserving from loss the records of so many years for the use of our New World.



Cryan Opticians

105, Lower George's Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


New Crime, Prisons & Punishment records

Find your criminal ancestors in our new Crime, Prisons & Punishment records

20 February 2013

We've just launched our latest groundbreaking collection: over half a million historical records of criminals and their victims.
Record from the Crime, Prisons & Punishment records on findmypast.co.uk

Today marks the culmination of our two-year project to scan and transcribe original records from The National Archives. We've made the records available online for the first time, and findmypast.co.uk is the only place you can view these fascinating documents.

The Crime, Prisons & Punishment records will be crucial to your research as they contain information about your ancestors that isn't available in other records. They really give you a sense of what kind of person your ancestor was and you could even find a photo of them!

We're launching our collection with records for the period 1817-1931. We'll add new records in the coming months to bring the total to more than 2.5 million records for the period 1770-1934.

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


John Cryan

There are two people standing in the way of Deutsche Bank and panic. The first is the current chief executive John Cryan. He is no swashbuckling Fred Goodwin (RBS) or Bob Diamond (Barclays) of pre-crisis notoriety. He is a very conservative, feet on the ground pragmatist. He's already managed to reduce the debt of the bank and has plans to do more. The other is even more important. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. He has said this year that he considers Deutsche Bank "rock solid". That is not only reassuring in itself, but indicates there is no way on earth that a rich German government would let the most important bank in Germany - and by extension Europe - come to any harm.

Cash won't be around in a decade, the chief executive of one of Europe's biggest banks predicted on Wednesday. "“Cash I think in ten years time probably won’t (exist). There is no need for it, it is terribly inefficient and expensive,” John Cryan, chief executive of Deutsche Bank, said during a discussion on financial technology, known as "fintech".

A fellow Cryan predicting the end of cash. They have to end cash before they can bail in so there will be no run on the banks...


Sligo Abbey Abbey Street Sligo
Founded in 1252 or 1253 for the Dominicans by Maurice Fitzgerald, 2nd Baron of Offaly, who was also founder of the town. Having escaped the ravages suffered by the now destroyed Sligo Castle in the 13th and 14th centuries, the Friary was accidentally burned in 1414, but was rebuilt two years later by Friar Bryan MacDonagh with assistance from (the other) Pope John XXIII.

In a recess in the north wall of the nave is the O'Crean tomb dated to 1506, bearing panels in front with the Crucifixion in the centre, the Virgin Mary and St. John on either side; other figures are probably to be identified as St. Dominic (in friar's robes), St. Katherine (with remains of a wheel), St. Peter (with keys), St. Michael (with shield and raised sword), and there are other unidentified figures.


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


Research Centres

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.





Dan Cryan


Dan Cryan has degrees in Philosophy from UCL and now works as a market analyst in London. Sharron Shatil is a Philosophy lecturer at the Open University in Israel. Piero is an illustrator, artist and graphic designer whose work has twice been included in the Royal College of Art exhibition in London. Previous Introducing titles include Aesthetics, Shakespeare and Nietzsche.

John Cryan
University College Cork

John Cryan, a neuropharmacologist and microbiome expert from the University College Cork, shares surprising facts and insights about how our thoughts and emotions are connected to our guts.



Crean's Castle

"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.




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 caoimhghin@yahoo.com


Crean's pub, Oldcastle, Co. Meath
(Sligo Creans)

Crean's Shop, Townsend Street, Dublin
(Not sure if these were North Creans (Sligo- Ó Croidheáin)
or South Creans (Kerry -  Ó Cuirin)


Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 2010

Inventory of Irish War Memorials.



Surname, Forenames War Regiment / Service Site Memorial
Crean, Francis WW I Not stated Clongowes Wood College Clongowes Great War Memorial
Crean, Francis WW I Not stated  Enniskillen, Portora Royal School Clongowes College Great War Memorial
Crean, James WW I West Yorkshire Regt. Castlebar, Mayo Peace Park Mayo Great War Memorial
Crean, T. WW II Merchant Navy (Irish) Dublin 02, City Quay Irish Merchant Navy Memorial
Crean, T. J. WW I Not stated Dublin 04, Wanderers Rugby Football Club Wanderers R.F.C. Great War Roll of Honour
Creane, John Civil War Irish Republican Army Wexford, Republican Garden Parle, Crean & Hogan Memorial
Creane, John (Seán Croidheáin) Civil War Irish Republican Army  Charman Teas Brigade Taghmon Civil War Memorial
Creaney, Felix WW II Not stated Lurgan, Church Place Lurgan War Memorial
Creaney, J. WW I Not stated Lurgan, Church Place Lurgan War Memorial
Creaney, Shaun WW II Not stated Lurgan, Church Place Lurgan War Memorial
Creaney, Thomas [-] Irish Republican Army  Castlegregory (4th Btn.) & Dingle (5th Btn.) Ballyseedy, Co. Kerry Ballyseedy Republican Memorial
McCreanor, G. F. WW II Not stated Banbridge Banbridge War Memorial
McCreanor, M. WW I Not stated Banbridge Banbridge War Memorial
McCreanor, P. WW I Not stated Lurgan, Church Place Lurgan War Memorial


Surname, Forenames War Regiment / Service Site Memorial
Cryan, John WW I Lancers (all regiments)  Lancers(5) Castlebar, Mayo Peace Park Mayo Great War Memorial
Cryan, Patrick WW I Irish Guards Dublin 07, Broadstone Station Midland and Great Western Railway Memorial


Surname, Forenames War Regiment / Service Site Memorial
Crehan, J. WW I Leinster Regt. Portlaoise 4th Leinster Regiment Great War Memorial


Civil War Memorial

John Creane / Seán Ó Croidheáin
Place of Memorial
On south side of R738 on Wexford side of village.



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 Articles
The following notes are all the Cryan and variant references culled so far from microfilmed Roscommon Heralds in the National Library in Dublin:

Roscommon Herald Cryan references

Collected articles containing Cryan (and variants) references:

Roscommon Herald Articles 1 - 85

Roscommon Herald Articles 86 - 132

John Cryan's pub, Boyle, Co Roscommon


The Roscommon Herald 28-12-1895


The Leitrim Observer 22 August 1908


The Rootsweb CRYAN-LIST
The CRYAN-LIST on Rootsweb was set up in early 1998 and has been a great source of information for Cryan researchers. For those who are newcomers to the List and would like to find out the contents of previous emails, the following CRYAN-LIST files contain 95% of all the emails posted since Leslie Poche set up the List.

Remember the CRYAN-LIST contains much information on many variants of the O Croidheain surname: Croidheain, Craigen/Creighan, Crawn/Craun, Crane, Crean, Craen, Creen-e, Cre(a)g(h)an, Cre(a)han, Cro(u)ghan, Crain-e, MacCroghan/McCrohan, Crowen, Cryan-s, Crion, Creyon, Krine, Crine, Cryne, Crehen, Craheen

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.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12
Part 13 Part 14 Part 15 Part 16 Part 17 Part 18
Part 19 Part 20 Part 21 Part 22 Part 23 Part 24
Part 25 Part 26 Part 27 Part 28 Part 29 Part 30
Part 31 Part 32 Part 33 Part 34 Part 35 Part 36
Part 37 Part 38 Part 39 Part 40 Part 41 Part 42
Part 43 Part 44 Part 45 Part 46 Part 47 Part 48
Part 49 Part 50 Part 51 Part 52 Part 53 Part 54
Part 55 Part 56 Part 57 Part 58 Part 59 Part 60
Part 61 Part 62 Part 63 Part 64 Part 65 Part 66
Part 67 Part 68 Part 69 Part 70 Part 71  

All the above Rootsweb Cryan-List emails from 1998 to the present can be found in the archive here:


or searched here:

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Cryans general store, Ballymote, Co Sligo
(Ballymote Cryans, a corner shop selling just about everything)


The Roscommon Herald 19-4-1902

‘Genetic Homelands’

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:



The Irish Times 17 Feb 1951

General Research Websites

Genealogy Research Centres

Homepages of the designated Genealogy Research Centre for Counties Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim.




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 Teeling street.

'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: paulpatrickcryan@googlemail.com


Frances Cryan

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 Cryan was 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.



Thomas Cryan

( 1937 ) Thomas Cryan from Boyle, Co. Roscommon. He was twenty-three years old when this photograph was taken. He had immigrated to England when he was twenty-one years old and this was his first visit home. He was considering emigrating from England to Australia at the time. Hence, he was home to visit his family. However, upon returning to England, he decided to remain there and ultimately established his own business. He lived in England for a further thirty-eight years and returned to live in Ireland when he retired. ( Avril Cryan )




Cryan Family Genealogy Forum

Crean Family Genealogy Forum

The Registry of Deeds
This archive has come to form an invaluable resource for genealogical research.  It is a unique reference library for the study of the social and economic history of Ireland. The memorials mirror all important dealings with property in Ireland, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries prior to the opening of the Land Registry. 



The Irish Times
June 1970


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Ireland's Largest Family Records Database

Over 19 million records online

This website contains a unique set of Irish family history records including Birth, Death, Marriage and Gravestone records the majority of which are only available online on this website and cannot be found online elsewhere.

This website was created by the Irish Family History Foundation (I.F.H.F.), an all Ireland not-for-profit organization, that is co-ordinating the creation of a database of Irish genealogical sources to assist those who wish to trace their Irish ancestry.

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.



The Land Register
The register of titles operated by the Land Registry is divided into 26 parts, each representing an administrative county. The land in each county is subdivided into folios, one for each individual ownership or title. Each folio is numbered sequentially within the county division.



The Irish Times 9 September 1946

Valuation Office
Our public office team provides inspection facilities for members of the public to view all current and archive rating records and maps. Our archives contain the original books and surveys carried out in the 1840s, books and maps of Griffith's Valuations in the 1850s, and documentation showing the subsequent revisions up to the current position. The archive is unique in that it can relate people to a particular property. In addition, the property location is outlined on a valuation map. The Valuation maps are also archived so it may be possible to locate the exact position of a house or property of a particular family back to C.1850.



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.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cryan

The Nation 22 November 1856


National Archives
The National Archives holds a wide variety of records, many of which are relevant to Irish genealogy and local history. Archives acquired from private sources. Some of the most frequently consulted archives in our Reading Room include the following record collections:
Census 1901
Census 1911
Chancery pleadings
Chief Secretary's Office Registered Papers
Church of Ireland parish registers
Convict Reference Files
Dáil Éireann records
Departmental records
Famine Relief Commission records relating to the Famine
Ferguson manuscripts
Genealogical abstracts (Betham, Crosslé, Tenison Groves, Grove-White and Thrift)
General Prisons Board
Incumbered and Landed Estates Court rentals
Irish Record Commission calendars
Lodge's manuscripts
National School applications, registers and files (pre-1922)
Office of Public Works
Official Papers
Ordnance Survey
Outrage Reports
Probate records
Quit Rent Office
Rebellion Papers
Society of Friends Famine Papers
State of the Country Papers
Trade Union archives
Valuation Office and Boundary Survey records
Will books and grant books



Cryan's Hotel -Carrick on Shannon

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.'

National Library
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

General Register Office

Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora (General Register Office Research Room)
Joyce House, 8/11 Lombard Street East , Dublin , 2.
Our Research Room is open from Monday to Friday, (excluding public holidays) from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. for the purpose of searching the indexes to birth, death and marriage records and obtaining photocopies / certificates. Joyce House is situated near the junction of Pearse Street/Westland Row.


1901 Census
All the 1901 census records for Counties Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo & Sligo are now entered in the 1901 census database on  LEITRIM-ROSCOMMON Genealogy Web Site. You can search on-line here:


1911 Census
The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland, represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage. All thirty-two counties for 1911 are now available on this site.


Free Family History, Family Tree, and Genealogy Records and Resources from Around the World


The Irish Times Archive search
Archive Search contains both Digital and Text Archives. The Digital archive contains exact reproductions of all articles published by the Irish Times from 1859 onwards, while the Text archive contains material published on ireland.com from 1996 onwards.


'Crean's Dublin Made Soap'
Tigh Neachtain Pub, Galway

Irish Newspaper Archive
The world's largest online database of Irish Newspapers, Search, retrieve and view Ireland's past exactly as it was originally published. With many of Ireland's leading national, regional and out of print titles, this website is a wonderful resource for novice historians and academic institutes.


TCH Archives

Ireland's largest free news online archive with over 750,000+ articles indexed since 1997


Sligo Weekender
Roscommon Herald
Western People

Irish Townland Maps

'For those involved with Irish genealogy this is the most important map collection ever published. Surveyed between 1829 and 1843, our Irish Townland Maps are packed with detail and are of superb quality and craftsmanship.'



Cryan's Beef and Ale House
24 1st St, South Orange, NJ 07079

Roscommon County Council

Burial Ground Survey of Catholic parishes in Co. Roscommon


Roscommon Historical Research

Roscommon History & Heritage. 'Roscommon is a fascinating county, steeped in history, a huge amount of which has been written down. This website is an attempt at showcasing the beautiful county of Roscommon and its rich heritage, through the medium of its books, documents and ephemera. If you are interested in Co. Roscommon local history, house history or family history, (or if you are interested in media studies, material culture or the history of art & design), then please come in.'


Sligo Heritage

Website host, Joe Mc Gowan is a local historian and native of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. 'My interest in heritage, folklore and history has led to the writing and publishing of several books on the subject. These pages have been created to give the visitor an understanding, not just of Sligo's history, and heritage, but also a taste of current events.'


The Sligo Champion Newspaper online


The Roscommon Herald online


Irish History Online

Irish History Online is an authoritative guide (in progress) to what has been written about Irish history from earliest times to the present. It was established in association with the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History (of which it is now the Irish component) and London's Past Online.


Ireland's Historical Mapping Archive
Between 1829 and 1842 Ordnance Survey Ireland completed the first ever large-scale survey of an entire country. Acclaimed for their accuracy, these maps are regarded by cartographers as amongst the finest ever produced. As the national mapping archive service for Ireland, OSi has captured this and later mapping data in a digitised format. Through this website you can view and download this data or place an order for delivery by post.


Eneclann is a Trinity College Dublin campus company providing a range of professional services in the historical, heritage, archive and records management sectors. Starting from a core business of historical research consultancy, Eneclann now has three distinct areas of business operations:
• Historical Research – House Histories and Genealogical Research
• E- Publishing & Digitisation
• Records & Archive Management



Family History Sites


Irish Family History Foundation (Heritage Centres)

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet 

GRENHAM'S Irish Recordfinder

Irish Roots Magazine

Roscommon/Sligo Homepage

County Roscommon Family History Society

Lyle's Home Page

Cregan & Variants Home Page

The Leitrim Observer 25 April 1908

My Cryan ancestors

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 caoimhghin@yahoo.com

Old schoolhouse, Croghan Co Roscommon

 Where John Cryan (1830s-1905), my great great grandfather, taught
Demolished 1990s

My Great Great Grandmother Eliza Shanahan

My Great Great Grandmother Eliza Shanahan (nee Sullivan, centre, front row) and her family,
Valentia Island, Co Kerry c1890s

Standing - Pat/ Annie/ Johanna / Mick.
Sitting - Maria/ Eliza (Their mother, nee Sullivan) / Nell

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.

My paternal grandmother with my great grandmother out for a stroll c1930s

Sarah (Kelly) Cryan / Jane( Carty) Kelly (Sarah’s mother). 1930s

My grandparents Liam and Sarah (Kelly) Cryan 1930

Liam and Sarah Cryan
on their wedding day July 1930 in Dublin
and in Saturday Herald.

My granduncle Stephen Cryan (1892-1963) 1920s

Stephen Cryan, at the wheel (Kerry No.3 Brigade I.R.A)
Driving a Ford Model T Touring c1920s


My grand uncle Joseph Cryan with his wife Olive

Joseph Cryan / Olive (Foster) Cryan 1930s


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

My grand uncle Pat Cryan, Garda H.Q. in the Phoenix Park

Unknown / Pat Cryan (1905-1982) / Unknown / Unknown / 1920s

My father (Kevin Cryan) and siblings 1950s

Back row Des Cryan / Kevin Cryan/
Front row Lauri Cryan / Sally Cryan 1950s