Team Ireland Bowlers Strike Success

Today at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Cagliari the Irish team has won an impressive tally of 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals in Bowling.

The winner of the Silver medals in the Bowling Singles Event were Chikoyo White from Balbriggan and Aoife Murray, Clonsilla, Dublin. Chikoyo competed in the dialysis category along with Verina Borissova, from Tallaght, who was placed third and was rewarded with a Bronze medal.  Also winning Bronze medals today at Bowling were two transplant recipients Lenny Ryan, from Tallaght, Dublin and Orla Hogan from Nenagh, Co  Tipperary.

First to compete in Bowling today was kidney transplant recipient Lenny Ryan who took Bronze in the 30-39 years age category. Lenny faced off stiff competition from the Finnish and Great Britain athletes to come in third place and bowled an impressive four strikes in a row on his third round of Bowling. Following his success today Lenny said, “I’m thrilled with this medal. I was delighted to score four strikes and a split. Two Finnish players took Gold and Silver and they were very strong players”. Yesterday Lenny, won Silver in the Petanque event and tomorrow he will compete in Archery, his final event at the Games.

Bulgarian native Verina Borrisova, won the second Bronze for the Irish team at the Bowling singles event in the Female Dialysis category. This is Verina’s first time competing with Transplant Team Ireland where she has enjoyed considerable success. Adding to her Bronze which she won in Bowling today, Verina also won a Gold medal on Monday in the Darts singles event and yesterday she won a Bronze in Petanque.  Verina said, ” I’m having a really nice time here in Cagliari. Team Ireland are very nice and supportive and for me they are the best part of the Games. I have made a lot of friends and I’m getting an opportunity to improve my language skills by speaking to the other teams!”

Dialysis athlete Chikoyo White from Balbriggan won a Silver medal today at Bowlingher third medal at the games having already won a Silver in the Petanque singles and Bronze in Petanque doubles events which were held yesterday (Tuesday).  Chikoyo said, “I’m really enjoying myself here at the games in Sardinia. I’ve enjoyed the bowling today and am delighted to win silver in the event. Overall I’ve enjoyed the day. It was a rough pitch at my Petanque event yesterday but I really enjoyed that also. Aoife was a great partner to play with. The Irish team are enjoyable to be with this year and every year and they really support each other.”

Aoife Murray (Clonsilla, Dublin), a liver transplant recipient, competed in the Bowling this evening and 8pm and was thrilled to secure another Silver medal, she said, “I am absolutely delighted tonight. I really enjoyed the Game and to come away with a silver feels surreal. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my donor giving me the gift of life. Also, a special mention to my mam who has supported me all week and to team Ireland members Finaih, Stephen and the doctor Heather for cheering me on here tonight.”

Kidney transplant recipient Orla Hogan from Nenagh also is competing very well at the Games on the same month of her 10th anniversary of her 4th kidney transplant which she received from her donor brother Cathal. Today Orla won a bronze in Bowling following her winning a Bronze earlier in the week for the 50m freestyle swimming event. Orla’s final event at the games will be the 3km Power walk which will take place on Saturday.

Stephen Byrne from Tralee, Co Kerry competed in the 50-59 year age category in bowling with a fantastic score of 478 but lost out on a hard fought bronze medal. He said, “This is all for my donor. A big thank you to my wife Francisse, my children Jennifer and Ethan and the rest of my extended family for all their support. Of course a huge thank you to the team for their support also.”

Finian Farrell from Mullingar also put in a good performance in Bowling and said he really enjoyed the experience despite not winning a medal today and content with the Silver he won yesterday in the Petanque doubles event with Charlie Ryan.

Paul Prendergast, Dublin, was the final Team Ireland member to compete in the male categories. He put in a great performance against challenging opposition from a number of countries including Greece, Hungary and Italy. Paul will compete tomorrow in the Bowling Doubles Event with fellow Team Ireland athlete Stephen Byrne. 

The Irish team of 10 women and 13 men ranging in age from 31 to 80 and includes 20 athletes who underwent kidney, pancreas or liver transplants as well 3 dialysis patients. The team are competing amongst competitors from 25 nations which for the first time in the Championships history will include Russia and Kazakhstan. The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are a celebration of life and showcase the value of sport and regular physical activity for people on dialysis and transplant recipients.

A homecoming reception for Transplant Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport’s arrivals hall (Terminal 1) when the team arrives home on a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf on Sunday 24th June around 3.15pm

 

The Irish Kidney Association is looking forward to bringing the biennial European Games back to Ireland in 2020 after it successfully hosted the 6th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Dublin in 2010 which attracted over 500 participants and supporters from 23 countries.

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website http://www.cagliarietdsc2018.it 

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Transplant Team Ireland’s five golfers have swept the decks in Golf at Sardinia’s Cagliari Golf Course today winning 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals. 

Team Ireland Golfers achieved huge success at Cagliari Golf Club today securing a phenomenal 5 medals, 3 Gold and 2 Silver, with each athlete taking home a medal.

John McAleer, from Antrim, at age 80, is the oldest participant overall at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships out of 25 participating nations and was delighted to be rewarded for his golf round under the Italian sunshine with a Silver medal for his Net score. A day earlier, the retired university lecturer won a Bronze medal in the Petanque playing on the beautiful Poetta Beach. Following his day of Golf John said, “It was a long and hot day but while it was challenging, it was really most enjoyable and that was down to the very companionable golfers that I played alongside.”

Marie O’Connor, from Lahinch in Clare, the only female golfer on the Irish team, won Gold for her golf gross score. Earlier this week the two times kidney transplant recipient won two bronze medals for Petanque and in the Darts Triples event. Marie has secured Gold in Golf at every World and European Championships since she began competing with Team Ireland with the exception of the World Games in Argentina which she didn’t attend.

Marie was thrilled to take the Gold in the sport she loves, “It was very long and tough but it was brilliant. Golf is the sport I love and I am so grateful for the chance my donor has given me to do the things I love. This is my second chance at life and that is all down to my donor.”

Ron Grainger,  a retired Urologist, from Castleknock, Dublin and a transplant recipient, won Gold for his Golf Gross Score at his first event at the European Games this year.  Ron will also compete in the Long Jump, 100m sprint, 200m sprint and relay race over the coming days.

Father of three, Kieran Murray from Ramelton in Donegal, won Gold for his Golf Net score.  This was Kieran’s 3rd Gold in a Row at the Golf event at the European Championships, Kieran said, “I am delighted to be the undefeated champion! It was one of the toughest medals I ever earned due to the heat, the length of the day and the tough competition. As always I want to thank my donor, my family and friends for all their support in the lead up and during these Games.” Earlier in the week Kieran, who also trains with Milford AC, won a bronze medal in the 5km mini marathon event.

James Nolan, an award winning butcher from Kilcullen, dedicated his Silver medal for his Golf Net score to his sister Catherine who donated a kidney to him 31 years ago and also to his wife Emma and young son Andrew James. James said, “the heat out there was the biggest obstacle, it was intense heat but it was a lovely atmosphere. I am so grateful to my sister Catherine for giving me this opportunity and to Emma and Andrew James for their constant support. The week has been extremely enjoyable so far.”

The Irish team of 10 women and 13 men ranging in age from 31 to 80 and includes 20 athletes who underwent kidney, pancreas or liver transplants as well 3 dialysis patients. The team are competing amongst competitors from 25 nations which for the first time in the Championships history includes Russia and Kazakhstan. The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are a celebration of life and showcase the value of sport and regular physical activity for people on dialysis and transplant recipients.

A homecoming reception for Transplant Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport’s arrivals hall (Terminal 1) when the team arrives home on a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf on Sunday 24th June around 3.15pm

 

The Irish Kidney Association is looking forward to bringing the biennial European Games back to Ireland in 2020 after it successfully hosted the 6th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Dublin in 2010 which attracted over 500 participants and supporters from 23 countries.

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com

New Team Ireland Doctor – Heather Gunning

Heather Gunning, a Renal Doctor working in Beaumont has joined the Team this year at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Cagliari, Italy. Heather, a Down native living in Dublin has been busy ensuring Team Ireland are staying fit and healthy while participating in the Championships.

Heather is really enjoying her first time with the team, she said, “It’s been a great experience so far, every member of the team is very inspirational. I often look after people when they’re sick so its lovely to see the other side of it and see transplant recipients and those on dialysis, who are fit and healthy enough to enjoy life to its fullest and participate in these competitive events.  It’s also lovely to see the relationships between everyone on the team. Team Ireland are like an extended family, the friendship and comradery between them is inspirational. These people have been through difficult times but they come through the other side laughing, smiling and having fun.”

Heather has not only been a great team addition from a medical perspective, she has also been a friendly and approachable addition to the team. Team Captain Harry Ward (Baldoyle) spoke of Heather’s affable nature, “she is extremely friendly and helpful, she really fits in with the team. She’s always vigilant to make sure everyone has their sun cream and medication, and looks out for each and every member of the team. She’s a brilliant addition to Team Ireland”.

Team Manager Colin White also spoke of Heather’s mix of professionalism and friendliness, “she has fitted into the team very well. She is a keen and enthusiastic support, always happy to attend events and cheer on Team Ireland as well as making sure the team stay healthy while in Italy.”

Team Ireland will return to Dublin on Sunday 24th of June at approx. 3.15pm. A homecoming reception will take place at Dublin airport arrivals hall (Terminal 1).

Tipp Triathlete Woman wins Gold and her teammates win further 11 medals on third day of European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Cagliari

A Tipperary woman has cycled her way to victory and won a Gold medal on the third day of events at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Sardinia in the 20km cycling event. Sheila Gregan, a kidney transplant recipient triathlete from Nenagh also won 2 Silver medals for the 5km race on Monday and in the 50m freestyle swimming event yesterday. 25 nations are competing in the weeklong games which come to a close this weekend.

At another beautiful Cagliari location, Poetta Beach, today other members of the 23 strong Irish Team which ranges in age from 31 to 80, amassed a total of 6 Silver and 5 Bronze medals in the Petanque singles and Petanque doubles events. The Petanque singles medals winners included Chikoyo White from Balbriggan, Dublin and Verina Borrisova from Tallaght (both dialysis patients) as well transplant recipients and games Veterans Charlie Ryan from Cobh, Cork (a liver transplant recipient) and John McAleer from Antrim (kidney transplant).   Medals were also won in Petanque today by Liver transplant recipient Aoife Murray from Clonsilla, Dublin and kidney transplant recipients  Lenny Ryan from TallaghtMarie O’Connor from Lahinch, in Clare and Finian Farrell from Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Dubliners Paul Prendergast (Santry) and Team Captain Harry Ward (from Baldoyle) also competed in Petanque events and although they did not win a medal they were content to be part of the experience.

Two members of the team, Rachel Eagleton (Meath) and Pat O’Sullivan (Cork), also competed in the Tennis mixed doubles event today but were knocked out at the quarter finals stage by an Italian duo. Rachel, who took the Silver medal in Tennis Singles yesterday is now finished her events while Pat has track and field events to take part in at the end of the week.

Two of the team’s three members on DialysisChikoyo White and Verina Borissovaboth Dubliners, played in the same category in Petanque singles and won Silver and Bronze medals respectivelyChikoyo, was delighted with her Silver in her first competition at the games and then went on to scoop a Bronze medal with teammate Aoife Murray in the Petanque Doubles competition.

Newcomer to the team, Verina, is a native of Bulgaria who lives in Tallaght. Verina is waiting for a kidney transplant and has a functioning pancreas having previously undergone a combined kidney and pancreas transplant. Today’s Bronze for Verina can now be added to the Gold medal which she won on the first day of competition in the Darts single event.

Verina’s doubles partner Aoife Murray (a liver transplant from Clonsilla) also competed in the Petanque singes event and won a Silver medal.  Lenny Ryan (kidney transplant from Tallaght),  also won Silver medal in the petanque singles event. This was the silver lining for the Aoife as she had previously won a Bronze medal earlier in the week for tennis.     At today’s Petanque Clare woman Marie O’Connor (kidney transplant from Lahinch) won a Bronze medal, her second medal having also won a bronze on Monday in the Darts triples team event.

Veterans John McAleer from Antrim who is the oldest member of the Irish team at 80 years and Charlie Ryan from Cobh also showed their mettle in the same category 70+ years in Petanque and with John winning Bronze in his first games event and Charlie winning Silver.  Charlie, a retired skipper and liver transplant recipient, then went on to compete with Finian Farrell from Mullingar in the Petanque doubles event where they each won a Silver medal. Charlie had previously won a Gold medal on Monday for Darts and after his performance today in Petanque he added two Silver to his haul. Stephen Byrne (Kerry), Dubliner Harry Ward and Linda Waters (Co. Roscommon) also competed in the Petanque singles event, each putting in great performances.

Sheila Gregan’s 20km cycling event took place on the circuit between Cagliari and Quartu. Sheila won her Gold medal today in the cycling event in her 40-49 year age category said, “I am thrilled with the result. I was third overall in the race and Gold in my age category. t’s Day Three and I’ve finished all my events. It’s been a perfect three days for me. I’m finishing on a high. I do this because I can and that’s all thanks to my donor”.

John McAleer said,  “It’s wonderful to be here on the beach in Sardinia in the sun with great company. I really enjoyed the Petanque singles event and it’s a bonus that I secured a Bronze medal. I would like to thank my family for their support and of course my donor family for making it possible for me to be here and all the people who have cared for me over the past 15 years”.

Aoife Murray “I’m having a ball here at the championships. I’m over the moon with a silver medal in Petanque singles. I will compete in the Petanque doubles event with Chikoyo later today which I am really looking forward to it. Being a team Ireland member is like being part of a lovely family where everyone looks out for everyone else. Special mention to Team Captain Harry Ward and Team Manager Colin White. It’s great to share the games experience with my mam, Mags, who has travelled here with me.”

Westmeath’s Finian Farrell said after winning a Silver with doubles teammate Charlie Ryan in his first European Petanque competition said, “It was my first time to compete in Petanque and it was an honour to partner with Charlie. Charlie was brilliant at encouraging me and the rest of the team really supported me and motivated me during the game. I want to thank my donor and my wife and kids for the support and encouragement to attend the training session. Team Ireland are so supportive, they constantly encouraged and advised me today at the event.”

Tallaght man Lenny Ryan said after winning his Silver medal in Petanque, “I’m delighted with my medal. It was really enjoyable event and I’m having a great time at this year’s games. I’m really looking forward to Bowling tomorrow. The Games are an opportunity to showcase that organ donation works. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my donor.”

Pat O’Sullivan from Mallow was very content today despite been beaten in the tennis mixed pairs quarter finals with teammate Rachel Eagleton. He said, “I’m loving my second Transplant Games and this year am feeling more relaxed than my first time. I have been able to take in more events this year as a spectator. It is such a great thing to be part of a big family, our team. The tennis courts are tough here as they are hard courts and the heat is difficult to take but we did get time to acclimatise before we came out because of the great weather Ireland was enjoying. We got beaten in the quarter finals by two Italians and one of them who actually won out against Rachel in the Tennis singles yesterday when Rachel won a Silver medal. I am looking forward to taking part in the 100m and 200m sprint and relay race as well as the long later in the week”.

Team Ireland will tomorrow compete in the Bowling Singles and Golf Events.

Members of the 23 strong Irish team will continue to compete in other sporting disciplines including Bowling, track and field, archery and golf until the games come to a close on Saturday and returning home to Dublin airport on Sunday next 24th June.

The Irish team of 10 women and 13 men ranging in age from 31 to 80 and includes 20 athletes who underwent kidney, pancreas or liver transplants as well 3 dialysis patients. The team are competing amongst competitors from 25 nations which for the first time in the Championships history will include Russia and Kazakhstan. The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are a celebration of life and showcase the value of sport and regular physical activity for people on dialysis and transplant recipients.

The European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships are open to all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow transplant recipients as well as dialysis patients. The multi-sport event includes athletics, badminton, cycling, darts, golf, mini marathon, petanque, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ten pin bowling, virtual triathlon and the hosts have also added archery and surf-casting. Athletes are divided into six age groups (18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+). Swimming and track and field bring the sporting specialties total to 39.

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website http://www.cagliarietdsc2018.it

10 years Transplanted and competing for the 10th  time with Team Ireland – Orla Hogan Ryan

Nenagh native, Orla Hogan Ryan secured a Bronze medal today in the 50m Freestyle Swimming Event at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Cagliari. This month is a significant one for Orla, as it marks ten years since she received her life changing Kidney transplant which was donated by a living donor, her brother Cathal. Orla has received four kidney transplants, the first of which was donated to her from her mother in 1991.

Orla has been a central member of Transplant Team Ireland since her first Sports Championship in Slovenia in 2004. Since that Event Orla has competed at 10 Championships with Team Ireland including both European and World Events. Orla has been thoroughly enjoying the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Cagliari this week, she said, “I am having great fun here as always. The Games is a great way for me to represent my donor and showcase that organ donation works.”

Fellow Team Ireland member and Donegal native, Kieran Murray spoke about Orla’s positive attitude, “Orla is a warm, positive and inspirational person. She always has a smile on her face no matter what the situation. She demonstrates, I believe, what the transplant Games are all about. She motivates and supports the rest of the team and is always there to provide a laugh or joke when people need it. I wish her many more years of good health following her ten year transplant anniversary.”

On the 10th of June 2008 Orla underwent her kidney transplant, and is extremely grateful to her brother Cathal for this, “he is really fabulous, he was only 23 when he made the decision to donate to me. He was very insistent that he wanted to do it. It’s hard to verbalise how grateful I am to him.”

Orla competed in the 5km mini marathon yesterday and was thrilled that despite the hot weather she reduced her time, achieving a personal best.  Following her success in the pool today, she wanted to give a big thank you to Nenagh Masters Swimming Club and Crossfit Nenagh for helping her to prepare for this year’s championships. Orla will also compete in the Bowling and 3km Power Walk Events in the latter half of this week.

 

For more information contact: Sarah May on sarahmay17@live.com

Transplant Team Ireland swim and swing their way to success on Day 2 of European Transplant Games in Sardinia

Transplant Team Ireland continued its winning streak on the second day of events at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia.  Irish swimmers and tennis players excelled today with 3 Gold medals won by Golden girl Deirdre Faul, plus 4 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Swimming events won by Deirdre and her team mates,  as well as 1 Bronze and 1 Silver at the Tennis events.

In swimming events at S. Sicbaldi swimming pool the Irish team cleaned up as they won three Gold, four Silver and three bronze medals. In tennis singles earlier today Aoife Murray (31) won a Bronze medal and Rachel Eagleton (31) won a Silver in the same event.

Champion Swimmer Deirdre Faul (age 50) kept up her stellar success record scooping three Gold and two Silver medals in her five races. Her first Gold was won in the 50m Freestyle event which was crowned with her personal best time of 36.51 seconds beating a Hungarian who took Silver and a UK athlete who came third.  A couple hours earlier Deirdre, a liver transplant recipient from Dalkey, seized a Silver medal in the 400m Freestyle where once again a Hungarian proved to be stiff competition coming in first and a Hungarian athlete coming third.  In the afternoon, despite the heat and humidity the formidable Deirdre went on to win another Gold in the 50m Breaststroke with another personal best time and she also won a Silver in the 100m Breast Stroke.  She creamed her mighty performance in her final swim race of the day scooping her third Gold in the 100m Freestyle event.

Deirdre’s Teammate Peter Heffernan from Skerries, Dublin also proved he was a force to be reckoned with by winning a Silver medal in his second last race of the day – the 100m freestyle. He also won two bronze medals, a Bronze in the 400m Freestyle swimming event, and he then went on to win his second Bronze of the day in the 50m Freestyle against stiff competition from UK and Hungary. 

At the end of her phenomenal day Deirdre Faul said, “I’m pleased with how I swam today. I achieved two personal bests, one in the 50m freestyle and one in the 50m breast-stroke. The schedule was very busy and it was a challenge with mixed age categories. I’ve really appreciated the support of Swim Ireland and I’m looking forward to working with them again on improving times for the World Games. Of course a big thanks to my donor and donor family for giving me the gift of life”.

Delighted with his successes,Peter Heffernan, a kidney transplant recipient said, “It was a great day here. We all did well. It’s great to see the full Irish team getting medals at the swimming. On days like this I want to say thanks to my donor and spread the message that organ donation works and that life goes on after transplant. In fact you get a news lease of life after transplantation”.

Triathlete Sheila Gregan from Nenagh, Co Tipperary continued in her streak of success since winning a Silver medal yesterday in the 5km race she topped this by winning her second Silver medal today in the 50m freestyle swimming event coming in the same race ahead of fellow teammate Orla Hogan, also from Nenagh, who won a Bronze medal.

Sheila Gregan, a kidney transplant recipient said, “This is my favourite discipline. I’ve been training with Nenagh masters this year. There was very tough competition in the pool as there was mixed age categories so it makes the achievement all the more special. I’m forever grateful for my donor and their family. I’m so proud to be swimming for my country. It’s a great honour.”

Orla Hogan has undergone 4 kidney transplants and this month celebrates the 10th anniversary of the living donor kidney transplant she received from her brother Cathal. Orla said after winning her bronze in swimming, “It’s just great being here and that all of us are well enough to compete and to show our donors that organ donation works”.

Sheila will compete in her final event, the 20km cycling race, on Wednesday while Orla has two more disciplines to compete in later in the week – 10 pin bowling and the 3km Power walk.

At another venue across the city in Cagliari at the Su Planu Tennis Club, Rachel Eagleton, the youngest member of Transplant Team Ireland (31), from Bettystown, Co Meath played her way to the tennis singles finals, in which she competed against the defending world champion from Italy and secured a Silver medal. In the qualifiers for the same Tennis singles event,  liver transplant recipient, Aoife Murray (also 31) from Clonsilla in Dublin played in the semi-final and came away with a Bronze medal in the 18-39 age category.  Finian Farrell, a kidney transplant recipient from Mullingar, Co Westmeath was knocked out in his first tennis singles competition by the current World champion from Poland.

Following the final Rachel Eagleton said, “Today was really enjoyable. I’m happy with how I played and I’m looking forward to playing in the mixed doubles tomorrow with Pat. It’s been a great week so far. A big thank you to my donor and their family. The decision they made to donate is why I’m here today.”

Aoife Murray said after receiving a bronze in Tennis said, “It was a great experience taking part in the Tennis competition today. Some fantastic games of tennis were played by all the athletes in some extremely hot conditions.  I just want to thank the team for all their support and my mother who is here with me and also family and friends at home. But most of all I want to thank my donor and the donor family for giving me a new life which means I can compete at these wonderful games with athletes from 25 different countries. It’s been a great experience so far with much more to come throughout the week.”

The team’s success today follows on from the first day of events at the Games (Monday 18th June) when they won 8 medals including 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze in the 5km and Darts.

Tomorrow Team Ireland will compete in the Petanque, 20km Road Race and Tennis Mixed Doubles Events.

A homecoming reception for Transplant Team Ireland will take place at Dublin airport’s arrivals hall (Terminal 1) when the team arrives home on a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf on Sunday 24th June around 3.15pm. 

The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.

For more information on the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website http://www.cagliarietdsc2018.it

Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association tel. 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. Visit website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download the ‘Digital Organ Donor card’. Your wishes to be an organ donor can also be included on the new format driving licence which is represented by Code 115.