Donegal’s Kieran Murray will be one of the 39 strong Irish team that will take part in the World Transplant Games in Newcastle/Gateshead, UK next month (17-24 August).
Keiran has had two kidney transplants, and received his most recent in 2013.
He lives in Ramelton with his wife and three daughters.
Kieran will be competing in this year’s World Transplant Games in the 40-49 years age category in the following events:
- 5k Mini-marathon
- Golf Singles
- Golf Team
- Track & Field – 1500m
- Track & Field – 4x100m Relay
- Track & Field – 800m
Kieran previously participated in the World Transplant Games in Argentina 2015, and Spain 2017. He also took part in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Poland 2014, Finland 2016 and Italy 2018.
He says, “After my most recent transplant, I took up running in which I love every minute of it. I also play golf, enjoy meeting up with friends and socialising.
"Transplant Team Ireland improves you physically and mentally. You meet new friends and challenge yourself to try new things and to do things you never thought possible. Being part of Transplant Team Ireland is like inheriting a new family.’
‘This summer I am looking forward to ‘meeting old friends, making new friends, and raising awareness of the importance of organ donation.”
Kieran would like to thank anyone who has helped him fundraise in any way and allowed him this opportunity.
The team gathered at ALSAA Sports Complex Dublin airport recently for a motivational talk by international para athlete Mary Fitzgerald.
Ranging in age from 16 to 81, the team of 29 men and 10 women, have all undergone organ transplants including 1 heart, 1 lung, 5 liver, 1 bone marrow and 31 kidney.
The largest ever Irish Transplant Team travelling abroad, they will be among 2000 participants from over 60 countries who will take part in the World Transplant Games 2019.
The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for Ireland’s involvement in the Games and the National Projects Manager Colin White (from Balbriggan, Dublin) is the team manager. Speaking about the Games, he said, “I am excited about the diverse nature of this year's squad who will represent Ireland at the World Transplant Games 2019.”
Newly elected National Honorary Chairman of the Irish Kidney Association Colin MacKenzie (from Portmarnock, Dublin) said, “the Irish Kidney Association is delighted to show its support for the Federation of Irish Sport's 20x20 initiative which is aimed at promoting the profile and involvement of women in sport.”
Athletes will compete in their respective age categories in the following events: badminton, cycling, darts, golf, petanque, squash, swimming, table tennis, ten pin bowling, tennis, mini-marathon, and track and field.
This year the team has gratefully received support from Swim Ireland, Athletics Ireland and Irish Squash. The on-going coaching support from Swim Ireland has been particularly welcomed. Astellas Pharma Ltd. has again provided some sponsorship towards the costs of running the team.
For more information on World Transplant Games and the Irish athletes visit the Irish team blog www.transplantteamireland.ie
Visit the Games website www.worldtransplantgames.org
THE FULL IRISH PANEL
ANTRIM: John McAleer, Newtownabbey (kidney) (oldest member of the team)
CAVAN: Aodhagan Cullen, Cavan (kidney)
CLARE: Marie O’Connor, Lahinch (kidney)
CORK: Mike Keohane, Rosscarbery (liver); Charlie Ryan, Cobh (liver); Michael Kiely, Mitchelstown, on the Limerick border (kidney); Pat O’Sullivan, Mallow (kidney)
Michael O’Shea, Mallow (Heart)
DONEGAL: Kieran Murray, Ramelton (kidney)
GALWAY: Sinead McGowan, Renmore (living in Australia) (kidney)
KERRY: Anna Pokojska,Killarney,via Poland Did the Ring of Kerry Cycle previous day (kidney)
KILDARE: James Nolan, Kilcullen (kidney) International award winning butcher – underwent a living donor kidney transplant 32 years ago (kidney)
KILKENNY VIA LIMERICK: Emma O’Sullivan (kidney)
LIMERICK via UK: Trevor Lynch, Cappamore, (Bone Marrow)
LOUTH: Tommy Marrett, Ardee (kidney)
MAYO via UK: Julie O’Neill, Westport- Award winning businesswoman, underwent living donor transplant from brother 37 years ago (kidney);
MEATH: Tony Gavigan, Navan & native of LONGFORD father of deceased donor (kidney);
Jerome Lyness, Navan, (kidney);
Rachel Eagleton, Bettystown - youngest female on the team (33) (kidney);
Jack O’Brien, Navan, - youngest member of the team (16) (kidney);
MONAGHAN: Tomas Flannery, Tandarageebane (Lung);
TIPPERARY: Orla Hogan, Nenagh (kidney); Sheila Gregan, Nenagh (kidney);
WATERFORD via Dublin: Eoin Hurley (age 25, Genetics student at TCD) (kidney)
WESTMEATH: Finian Farrell, Mullingar (kidney);
Noel Marsden, Athlone (kidney)
John Connell, Mullingar, living in South Africa (kidney);
WICKLOW: Garry Campbell, Greystones (kidney);
Philip Kavanagh, Arklow (liver);
DUBLIN: Ron Grainger, Castleknock, D.15 (kidney);
Harry Ward, Team Captain, Baldoyle, D.13 (kidney);
Paul Prendergast, Santry, D.9 (kidney);
Anthony Byrne, Artane (kidney);
Peter Heffernan, Skerries (kidney);
Leonard Ryan, Tallaght (kidney);
Aoife Murray, Clonsilla, (liver);
Michael Dwyer, Cabinteely (kidney);
Deirdre Faul, Dalkey (liver);
John Moran, Glasnevin, celebrating 34th anniversary of living donor transplant from brother (kidney) .
TEAM MANAGER, Colin White from Balbriggan, Dublin
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