‘Irish Wake’ Pays Tribute to Crowley

United Irish Counties President Tom Tuffy, Congressman Joe Crowley, Dr. Frank Lowe. (Photo via Irish Central)

Irish Consul General Ciaran Madden hosted an “Irish wake” for Joseph Crowley, the Queens congressman who served 20 years in the House before being defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the June 26 Democratic primary.

Irish Central’s Debbie McGoldrick reports that on Nov. 26, public officials including City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul joined other lawmakers and major Irish organization representatives, as well as Crowley’s Irish immigrant mother Eileen and his cousin, former Council member Elizabeth Crowley, in celebrating his long political career.

Crowley kept his remarks firmly focused on his passion for all things Irish. “It’s been an incredible love affair for me. I was meant to do it,” he said.

Being Irish “was instilled in me as a young boy. It was something I was interested in and really wanted to learn more. It’s second nature to me.”

The 56-year-old father of three said he hopes that his Irish political work will be carried on after he’s left the House.

“All the work I’ve been engaged in, the peace process, Brexit issues…I pray that the House leadership continues to have a presence on the issues, pushing the Irish government, pushing the British government, being an arbiter,” he said.

Read more on the wake at Irish Central.

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