'It was our privilege to have worked with and known him'
Ireland's leading cancer charity has joined the tributes to Professor Aongus Curran, who tragically lost his life over the weekend.
Prof Curran, a pioneering doctor for head and neck cancers, has been remembered as a "deeply kind" and "caring" medical professional by many of his colleagues and associates.
John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, said Prof Curran's death was "a tragic loss for cancer patients and the cancer community in Ireland".
Renowned Prof Curran is renowned for his work at St Vincent's Hospital, where he is credited with setting up its Rapid Access Clinic for patients with suspicious neck lumps.
The St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG) said its board, management and staff were "shocked and saddened" at his death.
"Professor Curran was a valued member of the SVHG team who worked tirelessly for his patients," the statement said.
"A deeply kind and caring man, he was an excellent role model for all staff and in particular for his students, with whom he generously shared his knowledge and experience," it added.
The healthcare group highlighted Prof Curran's "national and international reputation" in cancer treatment, labelling him as "one of Ireland's leading cancer specialists".
"His tragic death has deprived Ireland of an exceptional medical professional and educator," the statement continued.
"It was our privilege to have worked with and known him. He will be sadly missed by all of us at St Vincent's Healthcare Group. Our thoughts are especially with his family at this very sad time," it added.