Éire Óg and UCC figurehead Dr Paddy Crowley shares his battle with Covid-19

Éire Óg and UCC figurehead Dr Paddy Crowley shares his battle with Covid-19
Dr Paddy Crowley, President UCC of Hurling Club, with Shane Kingston and David Griffin, when they brought the Fitzgibbon Cup to Rochestown College. Picture: Larry Cummins

The president of UCC Hurling Club and club doctor for Éire Óg first showed symptoms in the middle of March. 

He is in isolation for the past three weeks with his daughter Aileen acting as a carer, while his son John is a GP and his wife Geraldine is a former nurse.

Dr Crowley, who was also involved in establishing Mycro to manufacture top quality hurling helmets in the 1980s, has shared his experience via Éire Óg's social media.

He details his battle with Coronavirus and also offers advice for anyone unfortunate enough to contract the disease.   

A native of Newcestown, Dr Crowley came from a passionate GAA stronghold, hurling for his club and his division Carbery, while his brother Tim was a key figure in the Cork three-in-a-row team of the 1970s.

Paddy represented UCC with distinction and played Cork minor in the 1960s and for the senior side in the early '70s. He was subsequently involved on the managerial side with a host of College teams in the Fitzgibbon Cup and county championships.

Dr Paddy Crowley, founder of Mycro Sports, second from left, with Ronan Curran, Dr Con Murphy and Michael Rice in attendance at Dr Paddy Crowley Thesis Presentation on his 25-year research and development programme on The Prevention of Hurling and Camogie Related Head Injuries. Picture: Piaras O Midheach/SPORTSFILE
Dr Paddy Crowley, founder of Mycro Sports, second from left, with Ronan Curran, Dr Con Murphy and Michael Rice in attendance at Dr Paddy Crowley Thesis Presentation on his 25-year research and development programme on The Prevention of Hurling and Camogie Related Head Injuries. Picture: Piaras O Midheach/SPORTSFILE

As a consequence he's a popular figure outside the county bounds, having worked with a number of top inter-county hurlers like Tommy Walsh and Tom Devine in their time with UCC.

The passionate hurling man made a major contribution to Éire Óg over the years as well, and even at 72 retains his grá for the great game.

Deirdre and Shane McCarthy, with Dr Paddy Crowley, cheering on Ballincollig's Cal McCarthy at the Cashman Cup last year.
Deirdre and Shane McCarthy, with Dr Paddy Crowley, cheering on Ballincollig's Cal McCarthy at the Cashman Cup last year.

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