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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Members of the Twelfth Dáil - Honor Crowley

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.

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.

A social worker before entering politics, Crowley was first elected to the 12th Dáil at the 1945 by-election on 4 December caused by the death of her husband, Fianna Fáil TD Frederick Crowley. 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 from 1954–1957.

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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