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Sunday 19 November 2017

Doctor (51) whose body was found during Galway lake search was top cancer surgeon

Professor Aongus Curran (51), inset the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter
Professor Aongus Curran (51), inset the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Tributes have been paid to the top cancer surgeon who died in a boating accident on Lough Corrib in Galway yesterday.

The man has been named as Professor Aongus Curran (51), a married father of five who worked as a medical professor in UCD and in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

Dr Curran's body was found west of Camillaun Island, around four miles from where he set off in the Oughterard area.

Dr Curran was originally from Oughterard, Co Galway and lived in Dublin.

Tributes were paid to Dr Curran as news of his death emerged.

Health minister Simon Harris said: "I was very sorry to hear today that Professor Curran had passed away.

"He was an enormously respected surgeon, and a valued teacher to medical students at UCD. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family, loved ones and his colleagues."

Professor John Crowne expressed his sympathy on social media: "Very sorry to hear of sad death of Prof Aongus Curran RIP. Fine man and outstanding cancer surgeon."

The body was brought to University Hospital Galway.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

The alarm was raised on Friday after his fishing boat was found.

At least 10 local boats were assisting emergency services in the search.

Professor Curran was one of the top cancer specialists in the country.

He was responsible for setting up a rapid access clinical at St. Vincent's Hospital for patients with suspicious neck lumps in order to aid the speedy diagnosis of malignancy in patients with head and neck cancer.

It was the first clinic of its kind for head and neck cancer in Ireland.

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