Michael Keohane – Co Cork

Mike Keohane - Cork
Mike Keohane – Cork

Mike had a liver transplant in 2007 and lives in Rosscarbery, Co Cork.  This will be his 7th time to compete with Team Ireland and this summer he will be in the 40-49 year age category:

  • Darts Triples (partnering Charlie Ryan and Lenny Ryan)
  • Track & Field – Shot Put
  • Track & Field – 5km Powerwalk
  • Track & Field – Discus
  • Track & Field – Javelin

Mike Keohane lives in beautiful West Cork, 5 miles west of Clonakilty, near the lovely seaside town of Rosscarbery with his wife Dee. Mike joined Team Ireland in 2010 and since then has competed at national, European and world levels. Mike is currently the Irish Masters Indoor 3k Race Walk Champion in his age category 40-49 years for the 2nd year in a row. He has competed at European level in Dublin, Croatia, Poland, and Helsinki, winning medals at all these Championships. Mike specialises in the 5 Km Race Walk, the Shot Putt, Discus and Javelin but has also competed and won medals in Badminton and Darts.

He started competing with Team Ireland in 2010 in time for the European Championships which were held in Dublin that year. These were very special as they were the first Games since Mike’s Liver transplant in December 2007. Here he won medals in Shot Putt (Bronze)  Badminton (Silver in Doubles & Singles) and Bronze in Darts.   Team Ireland travelled to Croatia in 2012 and here Mike won 5 medals there (Gold in 5k Racewalk, Gold in Discus, Bronze in Shot Putt, Bronze in Badminton and Bronze in Darts). In the European Championships held in Krakow, Poland in 2014, he won 3 medals (Silver Darts, Bronze in 5k race walk, Bronze in Discus).  Team Ireland travelled to Helsinki, Finland in 2016 Championships and Mike won Gold (Discus), Silver (5k Race-walk) and Bronze (Badminton). In February 2017, both Mike and his fellow Corkman Charlie Ryan received the Lord Mayor’s Recognition Award for their sporting success in Finland.

In 2017, Mike achieved a lifelong ambition and won his World medals in Malaga.  He took Silver in 5k Racewalk, Silver in discus and Bronze in Darts Trebles along with colleagues Charlie Ryan and Lenny Ryan.

Mike has also competed in the British Transplant Games with the Dublin Adults team. These were held in Sheffield in 2013 and here Mike won Gold in the Discus, Silver in the 5k Race-walk, Bronze in Shot Putt. The British Transplant Games were on in Bolton in 2014 and this year Mike took Gold in the 5k Race-walk, Bronze in Discus and Shot Putt. In the 2015 UK Championships in Newcastle, he won Gold (5k Race-walk), Silver (Discus) and Silver (Shot Putt).  In 2016, at the UK Games in Liverpool, he retained his 5k Race-walk title for the 3rd year in a row and won another Gold in the Discus and a Silver medal in the Shot Putt.

In 2017, the UK Championships were held in Lancashire, Scotland and Mike won his first medal in Javelin.  He also retained his Racewalks title, taking Gold in the 5k and also won Silver in both Shot Putt and Discus.  He looks forward to the European Championships in Sardinia in 2018 and the UK Events in Birmingham.

Both Mike and Dee agree that being part of Team Ireland has been a life-enhancing experience – the sense of family and goodwill in the team is inspirational and they have made lifelong friends. ‘Team Manager Colin White and Team Captain Harry Ward coordinate the Games experience so capably and along with IKA CEO Mark Murphy, PR guru Sarah May and team Doctor, they all make Team Ireland the strong unit that it is today.’

‘Being part of the Team helps all to stay fit and healthy and gives focus to continue with a training programme.  Fitness is so beneficial to continued good health and vital to all, so being part of Team Ireland ensures fun, fitness and family!’

This year in Sardinia, Mike looks to honour his donor once again and improve his times and distances.  He is looking forward to meeting all colleagues from Team Ireland and supporting them through their competitions.  It is always a week of fun and laughter along with serious competitive sports.  Mike is also looking forward to catching up with fellow competitors hoping they are keeping fit and well.

Mike continues to honour his donor each and every day of his new life.  His sporting success is a huge personal achievement whilst at the same time, it showcases the success of organ donation and transplantation whilst offering inspiration to those who are newly transplanted or newly diagnosed with organ failure.

Like all of his colleagues in Team Ireland, Mike Keohane’s story is an inspirational one – of facing adversity head on and valuing the most precious gift of all – life.