Team Ireland home today from 10th European Transplant and Dialysis Championships in Cagliari, Sardinia
Transplant Team Ireland won a 54 medals – 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze – at the 10th European Transplant and Dialysis Championships in Cagliari.
Finian Farrell from Mullingar, who won a silver medal for petanque doubles, and the rest of the team are back at home now, having arrived at Dublin Airport on Sunday (June 24).
Twenty three members of Team Ireland, 10 women and 13 men, ranging in age from 31 to 80, competed in intense heat and against strong competition for a week on the picturesque Italian island of Sardinia.
The positive spirit of the Irish shone through among the 25 competing nations.
The Irish Golf Team of five swept the decks winning 3 gold and 2 silver medals.
Team manager Colin White said: “I’m so proud of Team Ireland for all of their successes but most importantly I am tremendously proud of the team spirit I have witnessed here.
“The bonds that have been made here will endure the years.
“I also would like to give special mention to team captain, Harry Ward – he has played a blinder.
He is so well recognised by everyone and a friend to all.
“Heather Gunning, the team doctor, has ensured everyone remained hydrated, safe from the sun and generally well throughout the week.
“We can now look forward to Dublin hosting of the next European Games in August 2020.”
The Irish Kidney Association is the charity organisation which manages Transplant Team Ireland’s participation at British, European and World Transplant Games events.
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 and Dialysis Games in Dublin in 2010 which attracted over 500 participants and supporters from 23 countries.
The Irish Kidney Association is looking forward to welcoming new members to Transplant Team Ireland for the Games which will be held in August 2020 and securing the support of sports’s national governing bodies, recruiting volunteers and offering excellent sponsorship opportunities for businesses.
For more information on the 10th European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships and the Irish athletes visit the team blog www.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com or visit the Games website http://www.cagliarietdsc2018.it
The full Irish panel is:
Antrim: John McAleer, Newtownabbey (kidney) (oldest member of the team)
Cork: Mike Keohane, Rosscarbery, Clonakilty (liver); Patrick O’Sullivan, Mallow (kidney) Charlie Ryan, Cobh (liver)
Clare: Marie O’Connor, Lahinch (kidney)
Donegal: Kieran Murray, Ramelton (kidney)
Kerry: Stephen Byrne, Tralee (kidney)
Kildare: James Nolan, Kilcullen (kidney)
Kilkenny / Limerick: Emma O’Sullivan, Glin, County Limerick and a native of Kilkenny (kidney)
Meath: Rachel Eagleton, Bettystown (kidney) (youngest member of team)
Roscommon: Linda Waters, Roscommon town (dialysis, pancreas transplant)
Tipperary: Orla Hogan, Nenagh (kidney); and Sheila Gregan, Nenagh (kidney)
Westmeath: Finian Farrell, Mullingar (kidney)
Dublin: Peter Heffernan, Skerries (kidney); Ron Grainger, Castleknock (kidney); Paul Prendergast, Santry (kidney); Aoife Murray, Clonsilla (liver); Harry Ward (team captain), Baldoyle (kidney); Chikoyo White, Balbriggan (dialysis); Leonard Ryan, Tallaght (kidney); Verina Borrisova, (newcomer) native of Bulgaria now living in Tallaght, (dialysis with pancreas transplant); and Deirdre Faul, Dalkey (liver).
Team Manager: Colin White, Balbriggan
Team Doctor: Heather Gunning, Dublin 8.