2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze for Transplant Team Ireland on first day of European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Croatia

Press Release

August 2012


Transplant Team Ireland got off to a great start at the 7th European Transplant & Dialysis Games today when 6 athletes of its 26 strong team won their right to step up to the medals podium.

Transplant Team Ireland has amassed a total of 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals on the first day of the Games which are being held in Zagreb, Croatia.

Under the searing heat of over 35 degrees, the first medal of the day secured by Team Ireland was by  Roscommon woman, Monica Finn who took silver in the Ladies 50-59 year old category Cycling trials, being pipped to first position by an Italian woman. Monica, from Athlone Road and a kidney transplant recipient, was delighted with her win after suffering a fracture to her wrist just over a month ago.

The Irish proved successful in the Darts events winning 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.

Overjoyed to win a gold medal for Darts at his first ever European Games was 38 years old Niall McAuliffe from Abbeyleix, Co Laois who came first in the 30-39 year old Dialysis category.

The Irish Team took 1st and 2nd position in the 60-69 year old Transplant category. Liver transplant man Charlie Ryan, from Cobh  took Gold and his teammate John Loftus, a kidney transplant recipient from Clarina, Limerick won Silver.

Continuing the success of his teammates in Darts events Mike Keohane, a liver transplant recipient from Roscarbery, Cork, won a bronze medal in the 30-39 year transplant category.  Later this morning, Letterkenny man, Noel McGeever, secured a bronze in the 40-49 year old age category. Noel is a kidney transplant recipient.

The Irish Team of 17 men and 9 women, ranging in age from 18 to 74, will will be taking part in events throughout the week including badminton, tennis, cycling, darts, golf, petanque, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, volleyball, mini-marathon and track and field events. The Games which are a celebration of life through sport involve over 300 athletes from 28 countries throughout Europe.
At the Games opening ceremony last night, one of the highlights was when Chinese lanterns lit up the sky each representing organ donors.
The Games which promote organ donation for transplantation will continue until Saturday 25th August. For regular updates on Transplant Team Ireland visit the Team Blogwww.transplantteamireland.wordpress.com  Supporters are can also post messages of support in the Blog’s Guestbook.


Members of Transplant Team Ireland are as follows:-

Antrim: John McAleer, Newtownabbey.

Cork: Mike Keohane, Roscarbery; Charlie Ryan, Cobh; Catherine Murphy, Aghabullogue; and Anne Lankester, Roscarbery

Clare: Eoghan O’Neill, Newmarket-on-Fergus (now living in Limerick)

Donegal: Noel McGeever, Letterkenny

Galway: Maura O’Sullivan, Kilcolgan; and Linda Waters, Athenry.

Kildare: James Nolan, The Curragh.

Laois: Alison Honner, Portlaoise; Niall McAuliffe, Abbeyleix; and Robbie Lyons (youngest team member), the Swan, via Athy.

Limerick: John Loftus, Clarina.

Offaly: Declan Guing, Edenderry

Roscommon: Monica Finn, Roscommon town.

and Shane Lafferty, Monksland, Athlone.

Sligo: Bridie Nicholson, Sligo town and Megan Fahy from Toonaphubble.

Tipperary: Sheila Gregan, Nenagh.

Dublin: Leonard Ryan, Tallaght, D.24; James Reynolds, Tallaght, D.24, 

Paul Prendergast, Santry Avenue, D.9; Owen Kelleher, Lucan; Peter Heffernan, Skerries and Team Captain, Harry Ward, Baldoyle, D.13;

Team Medical Director         Yvonne Ryan

Team Physiotherapist           Clare Hogan

Team Manager                      Colin White


For an organ donor card Freetext the word DONOR to 50050 or visit website www.ika.ie  It is now possible to download an organ donor card on smartphones  by searching for ‘Organ Donor ECard’  at the iphone store or android market place.


 The team will arrive home from the European Games at approximately 11.20pm on Saturday night, 25th August into Terminal Two at Dublin airport on an Aer Lingus flight from Budapest (EI0679)



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