Wexfordman is the new head of Irish Kidney Association
Wexford native and retired barrister John Whelan who underwent a kidney transplant nine years ago, has been appointed national honorary chairman of the Irish Kidney Assocation.
Mr. Whelan was born in Wexford town, grew up in Blackrock, County Dublin and has lived in Bray, County Wicklow with his wife Una for the past 39 years. He became a member of the Irish Kidney Association in 2006 when he and his wife joined their local East Dublin and Wicklow branch following his diagnosis of end-stage renal failure and his commencement of dialysis treatment.
He was elected chairman of his local branch in 2010 having been elected to the National Board in the previous year after undergoing his deceased donor kidney transplant.
Welcoming his appointment, he said he was gratified and humbled to have been elected to lead the Irish Kidney Association for the next two years.
'I believe the association has a vital role to play in conjunction with the medical profession in promoting the overall welfare of those suffering from renal failure,' he said.
'My focus will be primarily on the wellbeing of the patient and my aim will be to help the association to grow and to progress its essential work in the care and support of renal patients.' said Mr. Whelan.
A retired barrister and senior counsel, he has served for a few years as legal adviser Self Help Africa and assisted in its merger with Gorta.