James is a Kidney transplant recipient (1987) from Kilcullen and he will be competing in the following sports in the 50-59 years age category:
- Track & Field – 4x100m Relay (Heats & Finals)
- Track & Field – 4 x 400m Relay (Heats & Finals)
- Track & Field – 200m (Heats & Finals)
- Track & Field – 400m (Heats & Finals)
- Track & Field – 800m (Heats & Finals)
- Golf Singles
- Golf Team
‘I spent the first 20 years of my life dealing with kidney problems and all that goes with it. This included a year on dialysis before I was lucky to receive a life saving kidney transplant from my sister, Catherine, on 25th July 1987. Fortunately, since the transplant – both Catherine and I have continued to enjoy very good health. Ironically, I met my wife Emma at a PKRF Organ Donor Awareness Charity Ball and we have a beautiful son called Andrew James, who is 4 years old and who means everything to us. I am a Butcher by trade and I run a 4th generation family business in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare called Nolan Butchers of Kilcullen’.
‘One of the many benefits open to transplant recipients is that you are eligible to participate in Transplant Sports once you return to good health. The Transplant Games encourages me to get fit to compete in my selected sports. Being part of Transplant Team Ireland offers the amazing opportunity to represent Ireland, travel to different parts of the world, meet your peers with inspirational stories and make friends for life. It also inspires me to remain as fit as possible in order to compete to the best of my ability at my selected sports which are Athletics & Golf. Being part of Transplant Team Ireland enable me to set personal targets and motivate me to stay fit and healthy – both mentally as well as physically’.
‘I simply want to go with my family and ENJOY the whole Games experience, make new friends, meet old friends, meet inspirational people who have overcome massive obstacles in their lives – and again just to enjoy the experience with the Irish team and Emma & Andrew James’.