Minister pays tribute to St Vincent’s doctor who died at Lough Corrib

Aongus Curran was a leading consultant and UCD professor

Minister pays tribute to St Vincent’s doctor who died at Lough Corrib

The late Aongus Curran | Photo: School of Medicine, UCD

Tributes have been paid to a leading consultant doctor who drowned last week at Lough Corrib.

Aongus Curran specialised in ear, nose and throat surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

He was responsible for setting up the hospital's rapid access clinic for patients with suspicious neck lumps — the first of its kind of Ireland.

Mr Curran was also a professor of otolaryngology at the School of Medicine in UCD.

The Galway native was reported missing on Friday after going out fishing on the lake.

His body was recovered on Saturday following a search by the Coast Guard and gardaí.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said in a statement that he was deeply saddened by the news.

"I was very sorry to hear 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. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

Consultant oncologist John Crown said in a tribute that his colleague was a "fine man" and "outstanding cancer surgeon". 

A statement from St Vincent's Healthcare Group described the late doctor as a valued team members who “worked tirelessly” for his patients.

"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,” the statement said.

"His tragic death has deprived Ireland of an exceptional medical professional and educator. It was our privilege to have worked with and known him."