Dr Michael Boland, GP, of Skibbereen peacefully passed away earlier this week after a protracted illness, in the loving care of Skibbereen Residential Care Centre.
Prior to his retirement in 2009, Dr Boland had an exceptional career in medicine and played a vital role in getting general practice recognised as a speciality in medicine in Ireland.
He established Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Ireland as well as becoming a founding member and first chairman of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).
He was also a former President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and a former Director of the ICGP Postgraduate Resource Centre.
In 2009, University College Cork awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine.
Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan paid tribute to the late Dr Boland.
"Michael was always a thorough gentleman. A leader in every sense of the word.
"Sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues," Dr Holohan said.
Dr Boland is survived by his wife Susan and three children, Eve, Mary Jane and Mike. May he rest in peace.