A portrait of health campaigner Laura Brennan has been unveiled at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
Ms Brennan, who died from cervical cancer in 2019 at the age of 26, is remembered as a tireless campaigner, who continued her drive even as cancer took hold.
Her work led to a surge in the uptake of the vaccine, and the acknowledgement of her legacy was further strengthened today with the unveiling of her portrait.
Ms Brennan's family had travelled from Co Clare for the event.
''I was very tearful when I saw it first," he mother Bernie said. "We're so so honoured the RCPI would do a portrait in Laura's honour.
"And at the same time, we think she well deserved it.''
The painting is the latest to be hung at the RCPI. It is the college's way of recognising those who have had a lasting impact on Irish medicine and healthcare.
The collection spans 300 years and includes 95 portraits.
Laura Brennan's picture stands out as the only non-doctor to grace the walls, and only the third woman.
The other two women are medic and activist Kathleen Lynn, and the current President of the RCPI, Prof Mary Horgan.
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Prof Horgan said Laura Brennan is a worthy addition.
''Her contribution and legacy will be felt in decades to come,'' she said.
''Laura was somebody who, despite her illness and disease, advocated for the HPV vaccine and nearly single-handedly turned the tide on the huge drop to bring it up to where it is now to 80%.''
Laura's parents want to continue their daughter's message.
"Get the facts, get the vaccine," said her father Larry. "The whole message is simple, it's the vaccine.''
Just 26 years old, Laura Brennan made a lasting impression.