Deirdre lives in Dalkey, Co Dublin. She had her transplant in 2003. This summer is her 12th time to compete with Team Ireland where she will be in the 50-59 years age category in the following events:
- Swimming Freestyle 50m
- Swimming Freestyle 100m
- Swimming Breaststroke 100m
- Swimming Breaststroke 50m
- Swimming Freestyle 400m
Deirdre is a liver transplant recipient & long-time member of Transplant Team Ireland. She is an all-round athlete who has competed as part of Transplant Team Ireland since 2006 in a huge number and variety of different sports. The last few years she has been focused on swimming and squash.
Deirdre has competed in the following previous games:
World Transplant Games – 2007 Thailand, 2009 Australia, 2011 Sweden, 2013 South Africa, 2015 Argentina, 2017 Spain.
European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships – 2006 Hungary, 2008 Germany, 2010 Dublin, 2014 Poland, 2016 Finland.
Deirdre’s recovery after her transplant was not easy or straightforward. Every day she is conscious of her health and believes the key to staying healthy is through family support, a healthy lifestyle, good food & exercise regime.
She cherishes the time spent as a member of Transplant Team Ireland – “being a member of Transplant Team Ireland & participating at the games means the world to me, I believe through participation I have been enabled to get back to a full and healthy lifestyle, they have also provided me with a positive way to promote organ donation while doing something I love.’
‘Attitude is everything. The strength of a person is shown when things get tough. Transplant Team Ireland has such a great attitude, we have been there, done that – participating in the games is the reward and allows us all to make a difference in a positive way.
The publicity gained by our team, through participation in such a prestigious event, also helps to encourage and promote the life-giving act of organ donation. I also see it as a way to honor my donor, give something back & potentially help someone else obtain that much needed gift.’
‘A big thanks to Swim Ireland for their support and a big shout out to all the swimmers who have encouraged and supported me on my journey.’
‘I will do my best at the games, hopefully, win some medals to generate publicity and promote organ donation. To celebrate life with the team and catch up with old friends and make new ones.’