“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
Later, the Geraldine’s of Croom were to move from their Maigueside base and make Maynooth in Co. Kildare their main residence. But they never forgot their early association with Croom, regarding it as their ancestral headquarters. Indeed, their motto and war-cry continued to Be ‘Crom Abu’ (victory to Croom). Although Maynooth was now their principal seat, the Kildare Geraldine’s still retained their Maigueside lands and castles, and members of the family resided in Croom, from time to time.
The countess of Kildare happened to be in Croom in the winter of 1601 when Red Hugh O’ Donnell, arrived in Croom with his men after their incredible night march across the frozen Slieve Felim marshes. They were on their way to link up with the Spaniards who had landed at Kinsale to aid the Irish then in revolt against the English. O’ Donnell was received at Croom castle by the Countess. Some of the original buildings of Croom Castle remain and are occupied.