Parish Of Birth
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland
Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Bandon PP : 25/9/1962 – 30/3/1967
Douglas PP : 6/12/1960 – 25/9/1962
Murragh and Templemartin PP : 30/1/1954 – 6/12/1960
Blackrock CC : 22/9/1933 – 30/1/1954
Drinagh CC : 9/10/1922 – 22/9/1933
Caheragh CC : 1919 – 9/10/1922
Chaplain, Kinsale Workhouse : 18/7/1917 – 1919
Post-Graduate Studies/Maynooth : 1915 – 1917
In 1923, when a shipping strike deprived West Cork farmers of a merket for their pigs, a group of farmers got together and hired a ship themselves to take a load of pigs out of Bantry Bay.
Fr. John Crowley was curate in Drinagh at the time and this venture gave Fr Crowley and others the idea of a co-opertive creamery to make butter for export.
Using voluntary labour and money from local shareholders, Drinagh Co-Op was founded with the assistance of advice from the umbrella organisation of co-operatives I.A.O.S. (now I.C.O.S).
What began as a butter making venture, evolved into trading, milling, transport and sandboats.
The Co-op also established a model farm on reclaimed land in Drinagh where it pioneered modern methods of farming such as silage making and acted as a best practice model for local farmers.
A network of creamery branches grew up around West Cork and local farmers took their milk to the local creamery for separation. From these the cream was collected and taken to Drinagh for butter making.
Drinagh Co-op still exists as a farmer-owned cooperative but the network of local branches has almost disappeared and been replaced by modern transport direct from the farmer’s yard.
Fr. Crowley was appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter on the 25/9/1962. Appointed Vicar Forane(V.F.) of the Bandon Deanery on the 28/9/1962.
He was a cousin of the brothers; Very Rev. John Callanan, P.P., Watergrasshill (1941-1944) and Fr. Laurence Callanan, C.C., Ringaskiddy. Also he was a cousin of Very Rev. Michael O’Driscoll, P.P., Caheragh (1966-1971) and Very Rev. James Kelly, P.P., V.F., Bantry (1961-1962)
Date Of Death
Place Of Death
Parochial House, Bandon, Co. Cork
Place Of Burial
St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Bandon, Co. Cork
The Bishop of Cork and Ross, Most Rev. Dr. Lucey celebrared the Requiem Mass; the deacon was Very Rev. Robert Canon Powell, Adm. Cathedral; subdeacon was, Very Rev Jeremiah Canon O’Mahony, P.P., Douglas; masters of ceremonies, Very Rev Daniel Canon Connolly, P.P., Ss. Peter and Paul’s, and Fr. Denis P. O’Sullivan, Faranferris.