Farewell to 'wonderful' Neligan
HUNDREDS of mourners were attending the funeral of eminent cardiologist Maurice Neligan today.
Medics and politicians joined friends and family of the respected surgeon at the small Church of the Assumption on Booterstown Avenue in Dublin.
Mourners, led by his wife Pat, sons Maurice, John, David and daughters Lisa, Lucy, his sister Margo and his six grandchildren, were told that Mr Neligan had been "the outstanding surgeon of his generation" and had passionately campaigned for better services.
Local parish priest Mgr Seamus Conway earlier expressed his sympathies to the Neligan family on behalf of the community.
Last Friday, the family were "deeply shocked by Maurice's sudden death," he said, adding that the congregation had gathered as a tribute to Maurice and to express their sympathy and support for his family.
The removal service last night was attended by Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin, former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes, singer Andrea Corr, actor Frank Kelly, broadcaster Michael O Muircheartaigh -- whose brother, a back specialist worked with Maurice Neligan -- TD Dr James Reilly, MEP Mary Banotti and broadcaster Jimmy McGee as well as representatives of the Blackrock Clinic, Portmarnock Golf club, former classmates at Blackrock College and representatives from all the major hospitals in Dublin.
Mr Neligan (73) died suddenly at his home last Friday.