1857, Funeral of Dr. Jeremiah (Jerrie) Crowley, Apothecary Hero of the Famine in Skibbereen

From extracts of the Recollections of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, 19165 Skibbereen Eagle,





The death is in fact in 1857:

827, 1846, died 1857 Jeremiah/Jer/Jerry Crowley Apothecary, Accoucheur (Obstetrician) ALH, Apothecary to Dispensary, Union, Medical attendant to Constabulry North St Slater’s Directory 1846. Brother James d 1843 of TB. (CC 21/12/1843) – ADDRESS TO ALEXANDER O DRISCOLL, J.P., SKIBBEREEN 1843 [following his dismissal as a Magistrate] Phoenix Society later Fenains founded in his house, now Cahalane’s hairdressing saloon North St, present were Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Mortimer Downing, Jeremiah Crowley, Morty Moynihann, Daniel McCartie Buried Skibbereen

HIs brother James:

1800, 1807,1824 James Crowley/O’Crowley Apothecary. North-st.Often described as doctor. Pigot’s directory 1824. 1807 marriage settlement witness Patrick Donovan, mariner, Glandore his son Daniel marrying Mary oldest daughter of Jeemiah Crowley shopkeeper. Married Sarah Evans, Lissangle, 1810. Probably of Ballyourane, Caheragh family major farmers. Brother of ‘Dr’ Jerry Crowley, apothecary. Gosnells apothecaries in Cork reputed to be fro Schull/Skibbereen area show in Crowley DNA matches In numerous deeds describes as doctor deeds with Jeremiah O’Crowley Witness 1821 O’Driscoll annuity/deed of lands at Caheragh/Creagh

His nephew Patrick Sheehy, Solicitor:

Died 1940 Patrick Sheehy Solicitor to UDC 1895 Funeral of Bantry Solicitor Daniel O’Donovan aged 26. Attending 1917 funeral of Michael Beechinor Collins, JP, Manager 1897-1917 in Skibbereen of Cork and Kerry Central Creamery. 1938 Funeral of Edwin Angus Swanton, Major Draper, Skibbereen. 1938, attending Funeral of Father John Sheehy, (1892-1938), Curate. Courtmacsherry, of the Prominent Skibbereen Family, his Father County Councillor, One Time TD, Mass Celebrated by 100 Priests, Telegrams, Mass Cards.

From Canada:

I particularly appreciate the part of the story where the funeral rites went a bit ecumenical. My Irish family were mostly Protestants – at least nominally (I have found several intermarriages). In Canada those religious “fences” had gates put into them depending on circumstances. And in remote. isolated communities “Neighbour” sometimes outranked theological sorting labels- if one reads the fine lines in those old documents. 

It’s decent to see that happening in the fields and churchyards of their homelands too. Ours is far too divisive a world – usually for political and material gains. 

Laying a hero to rest deserves unity in more than the felt griefs- and consoling to see the faces gathered on the same side of the fences.