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A Tribute to The Beloved Joe Crowley



Mr Joe Crowley is survived by his wife Christine and children Hugh, 18, Andrew, 21, and Vivienne, 23. Joe passed away suddenly on Monday afternoon, February 15, 2016. Joe Crowley

The popular Fianna Fail councillor, 54, died after collapsing in Drombanna while campaigning for friend and Political partner Willie O’Dea. Joe was rushed to University Hospital Limerick, at approximately 3pm, but sadly passed away a short time later.

Joe the father of three adult children had only spoken about health issues last year when he was diagnosed with severe anaemia, and how he felt that he was getting back on track.

Mr Crowley had started working as a councillor again, although had not returned to his full-time job as a sales executive with Sky. Joe was deeply dedicated to his council work and dedicated a massive amount of his personal time and effort into council work.




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Joe with friend and colleague Willie O’Dea. Photo: Joe Crowley Facebook

An ambition to become a councillor for Limerick City North was realised in 2014 when Joe was elected to the amalgamated authority.

Joe was the director of marketing and communications for Mr. Willie O’Dea in the General Election back in 2011. Joe was amidst campaigning for the Fianna Fail deputy when the tragedy occurred.

Shock and dismay are only two feelings of sadness expressed by Joe’s council colleagues and members of the political spectrum nationwide. The neighbouring people of Limerick have spoken of their disbelief and sadness at the beloved Limerick man’s sudden and untimely passing.

Paying tribute to Mr Crowley, a close friend for over 25 years, Mr Willie O’Dea said, “He was an extremely affable man. Everybody he met liked him. He had a keen interest in the community and did an awful amount of work for his community. His loss is immeasurable.”

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan also paid her respects to Joe Crowley saying she was “totally shocked” by the Fianna Fail member’s sad passing.

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