Tuesday 21 May 2019

Talk on Croke family life and times

Michael McGrath

A talk on the Croke family will be delivered by Sr. Bernadette Maria Knopek of the Convent of Mercy, Charleville on Tuesday, April 30 at the E Centre, Baker's Road, Charleville.

The Croke family of Archbishop T.W. Croke (1824-1902) of Cashel and Emly, though born at Dromin, Castlecor near Mallow, had close connections with Charleville from early on in their lives. The future archbishop was one of a family of eight children, six boys and two girls, of William, who was a Catholic and Elizabeth, who was a Protestant.

When William died suddenly, the family were brought by their paternal uncle to live in Charleville, who was the then local parish priest. In keeping with the custom of the time the six boys were raised in the Catholic religion and the two girls were raised in the religion of their mother.

Sr. Bernadette will relate the lives of this remarkable family in her talk, which is a fascinating and interesting story of how the children fared following the death of their father, and their move from their home in Castlecor to Charleville, and how and where the family lived during that time.