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Vincent Cavanagh: Burial of Derry GP and addiction centre founder

Retired Derry GP Vincent Cavanagh at the launch of his poetry collection in April

The funeral has taken place of retired Derry GP and poet Vincent Cavanagh, who passed away last week.

Dr Cavanagh began working as a GP in 1964 and in the mid-1970s was co-founder of the Northlands addiction treatment centre in Derry city, where he also served as medical director for 35 years.

He died on July 12 at the Foyle Hospice in Derry.

Dr Cavanagh retired from practice at Derry's Abbey Medical Practice in 2002.

In April this year his first collection of poems – Pay No Heed To The Helicopter – was published by Guildhall Press.

One of the key themes addressed in his verse was the trauma and suffering caused to innocent people caught up in the Troubles.

One reviewer described it as a "kind of unself-conscious autobiography revealing a life enthralled with beauty, with humour, with the dangerous edge of things, with slow time".

Dr Cavanagh's Requiem Mass took place yesterday at St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, Derry and his was buried afterwards St Mary’s Church, Ballybrack, in Greencastle, Co Donegal.

He is survived by his wife Nora, daughter Joan and son Stephen.

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