Wednesday 26 October 2016

Professor Dr Austin Darragh passes away aged 88

Physician, broadcaster and well known in many circles of society

Published 06/10/2015 | 10:34

Dr Austin Darragh
Dr Austin Darragh

Professor Dr Austin Darragh has passed away aged 88.

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Dr Darragh was a practising physician who was well-known in many circles of society.

Dr Darragh led an extensive career - he helped set up Leo Laboratories in Ireland in the 1950S; he set up and brought to the New York Stock Exchange his clinical research company, ICP; he helped found the Irish Cancer Society; he has written hundreds of important papers and established a college of aeronautics.

In his seventies, Dr Darragh was an adjunct professor in the University of Limerick where he was working on the energy potential of biomass.

Dr Darragh, who published a collection of essays called 'The Facts of Life',  also had a part-time career in broadcasting. For years, he was 'The Doctor' on the Gay Byrne radio show.

His family was at the centre of a traumatic experience in 1987 when Dr Darragh's son-in-law, dentist John O'Grady, was kidnapped by the 'Border Fox', Dessie O'Hare.

Dr Darragh had been the intended target of the kidnappers.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday.

Dr Darragh, who lived in Tara Hill, will be buried in the family plot in Rathfeigh Cemetery.

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