Well-known Cork tennis coach passes away

Well-known Cork tennis coach passes away
Valerie Twomey from Crosshaven Tennis club. Picture Des Barry

A passionate Cork tennis coach and organ donation awareness campaigner has passed away.

Val Twomey suffered a severe stroke in June which left her paralysed down one side. She passed away in Cork University Hospital on Friday.

The 51-year-old Crosshaven woman was a well-known tennis coach and player across Cork and wider Munster.

Following a kidney transplant in 2006, Ms Twomey was also a member of the Irish Transplant Team and represented Ireland at the European and World Transplant Games.

She was passionate about coaching and shared her knowledge with clubs in Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Bishopstown and Munster Tennis.

Ms Twomey was also a tireless campaigner for organ donation awareness over the years.

She addressed the European Parliament and UCC medical students on the needs of patients with chronic kidney disease.

A number of fundraisers were held for Ms Twomey following her stroke in June, in the hope of supporting her recovery.

Requiem Mass will be held in St Brigid's Church, Crosshaven on Tuesday at 11am, followed by funeral afterwards to St. Patrick's Cemetery, Crosshaven.

The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to the Irish Kidney Association.

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