Honor Crowley

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Honor Mary Crowley (née Boland; 19 October 1903 – 18 October 1966) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served for twenty years as Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kerry South constituency.[1]

She was one of five daughters of the MP John Pius Boland who won gold medals in Tennis at the 1896 Olympics in Athens; he was a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party, and represented South Kerry from 1900 until 1918.[2]

A social worker before entering politics, Crowley was first elected to the 12th Dáil at the by-election on 4 December 1945 caused by the death of her husband, Fianna Fáil TD Frederick Crowley.[3] She was re-elected at the next six general elections, and died in 1966 while still in office. She was the first woman to represent Ireland on a delegation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, which she did between 1954 and 1957.[1]

The 1966 by-election following her death was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate, John O'Leary.

Her sister Bridget Boland was a playwright.

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  1. ^ a b "Ms. Honor Mary Crowley". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "For the first time since 1926, FF could lose the keys to the Kingdom". Irish Examiner. 19 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Honor Crowley". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 April 2009.