THE brother of Cork Fianna Fáil MEP Brian Crowley was one of five people killed in road accidents over the Christmas holiday period.
Flor Crowley died after the car in which he, his wife Aideen and three young daughters were travelling struck a ditch on the Bandon to Timoleague road shortly after midday yesterday.
While the 42-year-old from outside Bandon was declared dead at the scene, the rest of his family are understood to have avoided serious injury.
Mr Crowley’s body was taken to Cork University Hospital and the road on which the accident occurred was closed for a number of hours.
Unlike his MEP brother and late father Flor Sr, who was a TD and senator, Mr Crowley was not involved in his own political career.
He was an accountant at his brother Niall’s company Impact Training in Douglas, Co Cork.
Niall Crowley has acted as Brian Crowley’s director of elections in the past and Flor Crowley would have taken part in the campaigns for his father and brother.
The Crowley family yesterday said they would not be issuing a statement and asked for their privacy to be respected.
Local Fianna Fáil councillor Alan Coleman expressed his sympathy for the dead man’s relatives.
“It’s a huge tragedy for the family,” he said.
“They are very close-knit and Flor would have been very well known in the region.
“He would have been involved in his father’s and Brian’s campaigns.
“Although not a political animal, he threw himself into their campaigns.”
Mr Crowley’s remains will be removed to St Patrick’s Church in Bandon at 7pm this evening and he will be laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery following Requiem Mass at 2pm tomorrow.
Meanwhile, four other people were killed in separate car crashes around the country in Offaly, Clare, Kerry and Mayo over the Christmas holiday period.
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