Fianna Fáil councillor and father-of-three dies suddenly
A well-known Fianna Fáil councillor has died suddenly, just a fortnight after telling how he felt he had returned to his full health after an illness.
Cllr Joe Crowley spoke out about his health in early February and told of how an illness had left him out of action for six months.
The Limerick City North councillor told the Limerick Leader he felt he was returning to his full health and was considering returning to his full-time job as a sales executive for Sky television.
The father-of-three was first elected to Limerick City and County Council in 2014. He was canvassing for Fianna Fáil Limerick City TD Willie O'Dea ahead of the General Election.
In 2015, he discovered he had severe anaemia and internal bleeding.
Cllr Crowley spoke to the newspaper saying he wanted to encourage other men to be aware of their health.
He told how his doctor warned him he could have been dead within a few hours without treatment.
He also praised his wife for nursing him after he returned from hospital and described her as 'fantastic'.
He told the newspaper he had "four priorities in [his] life"; his wife and his three children.
Cllr Crowley is survived by his wife Christine and his three children Vivienne (23), Andrew (21) and Hugh (18).