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Living Proof by Andy Dunne

Author: Valerie Twomey

Cork native Valerie Twomey was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease in 2004 and spent two years on dialysis before she was lucky enough to receive the gift of life in the form of a kidney transplant in 2006. Since then Val has set out on a tireless campaign to promote organ donor awareness.

Abroad, she has been invited to address the European Parliament to discuss the needs of patients with chronic kidney disease and at home, she is involved in an innovative project, called ‘Patients as Teachers’, run by the school of medicine at UCC. Through this programme Val gives talks to medical students to give them an insight into kidney disease from the patient perspective. Val is also a member of the Irish Transplant Team where she has represented Ireland, playing Tennis, at games worldwide. This August Val will be busy as Ireland plays host to the European Transplant & Dialysis Games.

Editor: Lizzie Gore-Grimes

The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) is the professional organisation for clinical nutritionists/dietitians in Ireland. Founded in 1968, the Institute has grown steadily and now has over 600 members throughout Ireland and across the world. The INDI’s mission is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in the science and practice of human nutrition and dietetics, to positively influence the nutrition status and health of the individual and the population in general. This incorporates clinical nutrition, community nutrition, business and industry, research, education and private practice.

Editor: Lizzie Gore-Grimes

Lizzie Gore-Grimes has been a writer and editor for over ten years. After working for Condé Nast in London, she returned to Ireland to study at the Ballymaloe Cookery School before taking the post as deputy editor on Food & Wine Magazine. Since then she has edited a number of magazines including Cara. She now works as a freelance editor and food writer. She can be contacted through the Irish Food Writers’ Guild website

Writer: Brian Moore

Brian Moore is a full-time journalist based in Cork. Brian is a keen foodie who has contributed to Food & Wine and InCork Magazine and is working to promote local food producers in the Avondhu region. He has been living with kidney disease since 2008. Brian interviewed the chefs for Truly Tasty.

Photographer: Hugh McElveen

Hugh McElveen is a still life, food and portrait photographer (see He has worked on numerous cookbooks with most of Ireland’s top chefs and is now working on his own food book. His most recent book Connemara: Legend and Landscape was selected for great Irish book week. He is currently working on a second book of landscapes. Hugh is one half of

Designer: Karen Carty

Anú Design are a graphic design studio specialising in book cover and book text design. The partners in Anú Design gained invaluable experience in design and art direction working with leading publishers during the 1990's in London. Relocating to Tara in County Meath, they established the design studio in 2001. Since then, Anú Design's reputation for high quality design has attracted a client list ranging from Ireland to the UK and the USA.

Illustrator: Orlagh Murphy

Orlagh Murphy is an illustrator and graphic designer. Since graduating from the National College of Art & Design with a BDes in Visual Communication Orlagh has worked on a wide range of design projects with particular focus on book design and illustration.

Publisher: Atrium

Cork University Press has been publishing for 85 years. It is owned by University College Cork and has a reputation of being regarded as one of the highest quality publishing houses in the field of Irish Studies. The Press is a vital member of the University community and strives to reflect many of the University’s academic strengths in the humanities and social sciences. The Press recognizes its special responsibility to develop books about Cork and Munster both scholarly and popular that enhance interest in the region and spread awareness of the province’s history, culture and environment.

Musician: Andy Dunne

Cork-man Andy Dunne received a life saving Kidney Transplant in 2001 and has since had a lot to sing (and write) about. Living Proof a new 5 track EP containing four of Andy’s own songs, is a bit of a musical journey through his time on Dialysis and since his transplant. Living Proof will be used to promote Organ Donor Awareness and all profits will go to The Irish Kidney Association. For more information go to

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