Col. Donal Francis Crowley
Former Crowley Clan Taoiseach

Sister Anne Marie Crowley has informed us that her brother, Col. Donal Francis Crowley, died on December 13, 2010 in Dunlaoghaire, Dublin. "He had been ill for some time and being the old soldier that he was, he fought a long tough battle. Finally and peacefully his dear soul took flight into eternity. His requiem Mass was celebrated by the chief army chaplain of the Free State Army, Father Eoin Thyne who extolled Donal's virtues and emphasised his love for his family, his country and for the life in the army.

"His wife Kay, his son Ross, his three daughters, Sharon, Janet and Elva were present. Also present, were six of his eight sisters and one of his brothers-in-law. His two surviving brothers were not well enough to make the journey. There were many of his friends from the army including the only survivor of those who were with him in the Congo in 1959/62. He had a military funeral. It was most impressive to see six young soldiers carrying the coffin which was draped in the tricolour, surmounted by his hat and ceremonial sword."

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