O’Sullivan was a highly acclaimed surgeon, scientist, and cancer researcher
On National Cancer Survivors Day, Sunday, 5 June, a life-sized statue will be revealed by a West Cork community to honour the late Professor Gerry O’Sullivan, a pioneer in the field of cancer research, and founder of Cork Cancer Research Centre and the national charity Breakthrough Cancer Research.
The statue will be officially unveiled in the Professor Gerry O’Sullivan Memorial Park, Caheragh, at 2pm, by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Gillian Coughlan, and Professor O’Sullivan’s widow Breda, and family.
They will be joined by friends, family and colleagues from all over country and as far as the US, along with neighbours and the wider West Cork community, as they celebrate an extraordinary life dedicated to helping others.
The keynote speaker at the event will be leading immunologist, author and broadcast personality, Prof. Luke O’Neill.
In 2014, the local Caheragh community, who are immensely proud of Gerry and his accomplishments, created a ‘Science Through Nature’ themed recreational park, which was named in his honour to preserve his memory and inspire future generations.
The Kirby Family in Killeenleigh donated the four acre plot, which links the school and churches to the rest of the village, and the development was funded by generous private donations, Cork County Council, and other voluntary groups. It is an ongoing project to create a vibrant, creative, and educational space for families in the area, with plans for themed gardens denoting significant periods of Prof. Gerry’s life.
There will also be a pollinator corner for a hive and honeybees, another passion of O’Sullivan’s. Eight years later, the same community have come together again to commission a life size statue of the late professor, which will take centre place in the Professor Gerry O’Sullivan Memorial Park.
The statue was created by sculptor Don Cronin.