Tributes to ‘remarkable spirit’ of Declan Curran

Declan Curran. (0404BM8)

Declan Curran. (0404BM8)

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Tributes have been paid to local businesman Declan Curran who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

The well known head of the Citygroup was a fervent supporter of Derry City FC, a keen charity worker and often at the forefront of lobbying for job creation in the North West.

He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2010, but had fought the illness determinedly - even going as far as to dance at a fundraiser in aid of the Foyle Hospice just weeks after he underwent surgery.

At the time Declan said he was determined to dance on adding: “The Hospice is very close to my heart. They cared for my mother (Elizine) when she was ill and I was determined not to let cancer get the better of me.”

Glowing tributes have been paid to Declan.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan described him as “always so warm, vital and charming”.

“He was engaging, enterprising and entertaining.

“He was a passionate and compassionate Derry man in everything from his commitment to Derry City FC to community involvement, charity, lobbying for services and job creation. The remarkable spirit which he showed earned special admiration on top of the lifelong affection which he inspired.”

Glee star Damian McGinty - a friend of Delcan’s - tweeted on Thursday evening: “Today a great friend of mine passed away back home.

“So sad. So hard. he was an inspiration to many people. RIP dec. xx”