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DHR Directors Featured Alongside Famous Faces in New Cookbook in Aid of Cancer Support
DHR News, Featured | 5th March 2015

Two of DHR’s senior management team – our Managing Director, Catherine Heaney, and Tony Heffernan, one of our Account Directors – are featured in a new cookbook, ‘Food for Thought’, which is being published to raise funds for cancer support services.

A host of famous faces from the worlds of sports, music, politics and the arts have contributed their favourite recipes for the cookbook, which will be officially launched tomorrow, Friday, 6th March.  In addition to tasty suggestions from Catherine and Tony, the book features recipes from renowned authors Colm Tóibín and Jeffrey Archer; sports heroes Tommy Bowe, Shane Lowry and Niall Quinn; actor Pat Shortt; musicians Phil Coulter, Frances Black and Úna Healy; and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, amongst others.

The ‘cookbook with a difference’ is the brainchild of Tipp-woman Eileen Coffey, who compiled all recipes and published the book to raise funds for the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles.  Eileen has a very personal connection to Suir Haven: her late father, Paddy Corbett, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, and her family were supported by the Suir Haven Centre in the wake of his death.  Sadly, Eileen had lost her mother, Bridie, as a result of a road traffic accident only 10 months prior to losing her dad.

Eileen works in the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles, where two of DHR’s current staff-members – Martina Quinn and Emily Brennan – attended school.

Commenting in advance of tomorrow’s launch, Eileen said: “The Suir Haven Centre, which is based in my hometown of Thurles, provides support for those affected by cancer and their close family members.  It does amazing work every year, and I have benefited from that first-hand: it provided me with invaluable support after losing both my parents.

“Compiling these recipes and publishing this cookbook is my way of saying ‘thanks’.  All proceeds raised from the sale of the book will go directly to funding the Suir Haven Centre’s important work.”

Other famous faces that contributed recipes to the book include:

  • Musicians Paddy Cole, Eimear Quinn, Louise Morrissey and John Spillane.
  • Rugby legends Mick Galwey, Denis Leamy, Devon Toner, David Wallace, Keith Wood and Simon Zebo.
  • TV3 presenters Lisa Cannon, Elaine Crowley, Colette Fitzpatrick and Glenda Gilson.
  • Today FM’s Ian Dempsey.
  • Comedian Brendan Grace.
  • RTÉ presenter Sinéad Kennedy.
  • Celebrity chef Donal Skehan.

Not surprisingly, given the book’s connections to the home of hurling, a number of GAA stars share their favourite recipes too, including:

  • Tipp hurling legends Mickey ‘Rattler’ Byrne, Michael ‘Babs’ Keating and Nicky English alongside current stars such as Michael Cahill, Seamus Callanan, Padraic Maher and Brendan Maher.
  • Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody.
  • Veteran broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

In addition to the Taoiseach, a number of serving and former government ministers have contributed, including Leo Varadkar TD, Charlie Flanagan TD, Alan Kelly TD, Kathleen Lynch TD, Nora Owen and Mary Hanafin.  Current Tipp TDs Michael Lowry and Mattie McGrath also share their kitchen secrets.

‘Food for Thought’ will be launched tomorrow by Fionnbar Walsh, father of the late Donal Walsh. The launch will take place at the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary at 7pm.   The book will be on sale locally throughout Tipperary for €15, and can also be ordered directly by emailing Eileen Coffey (eileencoffey21@gmail.com) at a cost of €15 plus postage and packaging.

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