Background

About Us

MMI Vision

MMI recognise everyone’s experience of myeloma is unique – our vision is to be the trusted partner supporting you on your journey

MMI Mission
To inspire hope, promote awareness and contribute to health and well-being by providing support to every patient, carer and healthcare professional dealing with myeloma through education, advocacy and research.

MMI Values 

Our core values guide our day to day behaviours, our decisions, our actions and our relationships with patients, family members, carers and healthcare professionals. These core values preserve what is special about MMI and provide us with a compass to navigate both strategic evolution and our day to day actions.

Patient Centred – respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values

Ethical & Transparent – open and transparent in all our dealings

Welcoming & Inclusive – all are welcomed to be part of a community built on empathy

Collaborative – working with our partners with a common goal of advancing myeloma care

Multiple Myeloma Ireland is the only charity organisation focused on Multiple Myeloma in Ireland.

 

MMI received charity status in July 2013. Our charity no is CHY20751.

Board & Medical Advisors to the board

Meet The Team

Liam McManus

Liam McManus

Treasurer

Liam McManus has been a member of the Board since its establishment. Liam is self-employed in the construction industry and has been living well with a diagnosis of multiple myeloma for many years.

Anne Fitzgerald

Anne Fitzgerald

Assistant Treasurer

Anne joined the first Multiple Myeloma Support Group in 2008 after her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. On establishment of the first Multiple Myeloma Ireland Board, Anne joined as assistant treasurer, and has continued in this role since.

Anne previously worked in the Department of Justice for a number of years and currently works in the office of a  building contractor.

Geraldine Walpole

Geraldine Walpole

Chairperson

Ger Walpole is a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP) in haematology at Sligo University Hospital. Ger is actively involved in haematology patient and nurse education and regularly presents at local, national, regional and European forums. She also set up and facilitates a regional support group for patients with myeloma.

Ger has a personal family experience with myeloma which has influenced her interest in assisting myeloma patients on their journey.

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly

Vice Chair

Mary Kelly is a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Haematology.

Mary set up Ireland’s first Multiple Myeloma support group in 2008 and has organised many awareness and educational campaigns to raise awareness and support for patients and their families living with multiple myeloma.  She also established the Multiple Myeloma Ireland Board and was instrumental in gaining charity status for Multiple Myeloma Ireland in 2013. Mary is a past Chair of the Board.

Geraldine Daly

Geraldine Daly

Secretary

Geraldine Daly has been working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in haematology at Limerick University Hospital for the past 18 years.

Geraldine has a special interest is caring for patients with multiple myeloma, co-ordinating the autologous transplant journey, and is involved locally in the Multiple Myeloma Support Group.

Ann Fleming

Ann Fleming

Board Member

Ann is a recently retired primary teacher who joined the Board in September 2019. She has been living well with Multiple Myeloma for the last 4 years.

In 2016 she organised a fund-raising event amongst friends and family to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Myeloma Ireland. Ann has been instrumental in re-establishing a multiple myeloma support group in the Dublin area.

Dermot O’Leary

Dermot O’Leary

Board Member

Dermot has been a member of the Board since 2019.Dermot is hoping to establish a support group in the Cork area in 2021.

Dermot has been living well with a diagnosis of multiple myeloma for a number of years and enjoys cycling to keep fit. He participated in the Wild Myeloma Way Cycle 2019.

Fionnuala Duffy

Fionnuala Duffy

Board Member

Fionnuala joined the Board in September 2021 and brings extensive experience from her career at senior level in the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive . Fionnuala is interested in patient advocacy and is currently undertaking the Myeloma Patients Europe Advocacy Development Programme.

Niamh Murray

Niamh Murray

Board Member

Niamh joined the Board in 2021

Kevin O'Regan

Kevin O'Regan

Board Member

Kevin joined the Board in 2021

Fidelma Hackett

Fidelma Hackett

Board Member

Fidelma joined the Board in 2021

Dermot Sheriff

Dermot Sheriff

Board Member

Dermot joined the Board in September 2019 and brings expertise in finance and GDPR.

Past MMI Board Members

Previous Members

Board MemberMaura DowlingBoard Member Siobhán Kelleher
Board Member Dr Peter O’GormanBoard MemberHelen Brennan
Board MemberDr Patrick HaydenBoard Member Mervyn Bourne
Board MemberTrudie RowanBoard MemberMary Dunne
Board MemberJoe O’BrienBoard MemberDeirdre Brennan
Board Member Colm BrennanBoard MemberDr Rajpal
Medical advisors to the Board Prof. Michael O’DwyerMedical advisors to the BoardDr John Quinn
Medical advisors to the BoardProf Paul Browne