What's with the name?
When looking for a creative way to name my company -- and let people know they are working with a scrappy lass of Irish descent -- I did some heritage research. And this is what I found:
Way back in the 12th century, Gerald de Windsor, a Welshman, was Constable of Pembroke in Wales and was married to Nesta, the Princess of Wales. Gerald and Nesta had a son named Maurice. Maurice was a knight who accompanied Strongbow in the Anglo-Norman invasion in the year 1169, and he became known as “the Invader of Ireland.”
Upon invading Ireland, he was named by the locals... Maurice FitzGerald (Maurice, the "son of" Gerald).
As legend goes, the family castle once caught on fire. Thomas Fitzgerald, the infant heir, (from whom the Earls of Desmond are descended), would have perished in his cradle had not a pet monkey broken his chain and escaped with the baby, saving him from the flames. In remembrance of this escape, a grown Thomas later added the monkey to the family coat of arms.
Croom Castle is the family castle, and its ruins can be found today a few miles outside the town of Adare in County Limerick. The war cry of the Kildares was "Crom abu", which means "Victory to Croom.”