'Liveline' presenter to unveil memorial for old pal Frank
BROADCASTER Joe Duffy has revealed plans for the unveiling of a permanent memorial to screenwriter Frank Deasy later this year.
The Emmy-winning 'Prime Suspect' writer prompted a massive public response in 2009 when he spoke on RTE's 'Liveline' about the importance of carrying an organ donor card just days before his death from liver cancer.
His legacy was an unprecedented surge in organ donor card requests – over 15,000 individual requests in just one week.
Now Mr Duffy has joined forces with other supporters to remember his friend of over 30 years.
A memorial seat in Trinity College and a mini-festival screening the TV writer's best work are among tributes planned.
"It wasn't 'Liveline' that caused the response for organ donor cards, it was Frank's eloquence," Mr Duffy said as he launched annual Organ Donor Awareness Week, which takes place between March 30 and April 6.