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Super haul of seven medals for Transplant Team Ireland on first day

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TODAY marked the first day of the 9th European Transplant & Dialysis Games held in Vantaa, Finland, and Transplant Team Ireland got off to a thrilling start today securing a staggering seven medals.

The Championships are a multi-sport event running from July 10 until July 17. Transplant Team Ireland’s impressive medal haul today included two gold, two silver and three bronze, in the darts events. The team also put in a good performance in the mini-marathon.

A newcomer to the team, Tralee native and kidney transplant recipient Stephen Byrne competed in the mini-marathon today. Stephen said: "I really enjoyed my first event I managed to knock 33 seconds off my personal best so even though I didn’t win a medal I'm delighted."

Donegal native Kieran Murray and Tipperary’s Orla Hogan also competed in the 5km event. Battling a chest infection, Kieran was unable to perform to his usual impressive speed and he said: "It was very tough I am slightly disappointed with my time but I certainly did my best. I am really looking forward to my other events towards the end of the week. I am delighted to be here and to be able to promote organ donor awareness.”

In the darts event, Charlie Ryan, a veteran to the Games, bagged a gold. Charlie, a liver transplant recipient from Cobh, went head to head with Dublin native (Cabinteely) and kidney transplant recipient Mick Dwyer in the final. It was a close match but in the end Charlie took the Gold while Mick took the silver. Charlie was delighted to beat a Dublin man; "It was fantastic that Cork beat Dublin, this is my fifth gold medal in the darts in a row at European Games over the years.”

Edward Crowe, from Carrick on Suir, Tipperary, who underwent the first spousal living donor kidney transplant operation in Ireland from his wife Deirdre in 2008, also secured a bronze medal today in a darts event.

Eddie McAuliffe, a kidney transplant recipient from Kill, Co Kildare, and now living in Portarlington, Offaly, also showed off his skill in Darts today securing a gold in his age category.

Zimele Brown, from Galway (a native of New Orleans) and Richard McEvoy from Kilkenny (and now living in Limerick) were victorious in the dialysis category. Zimele took home the silver while Richard took the Bronze.
Kidney/pancreas recipient Bridie Nicholson from Sligo took the Bronze in her age category in Darts. Bridie is a long-standing member of Transplant Team Ireland having taken part in several European and World Games and is looking forward to competing in Petanque tomorrow.

Mullingar native Finian Farrell, Team Captain Harry Ward from Baldoyle, Dublin (both kidney transplant recipients) and Arklow native Philip Kavanagh, a liver transplant recipient, also played very well in their respective darts events and narrowly missed out on securing medals.

Transplant Team Ireland which comprises 22 men and 6 women includes 22 transplant recipients (4 liver, 17 kidney and 1 combined kidney/pancreas) and six athletes that are receiving dialysis treatment.

The Irish Kidney Association is responsible for the co-ordination and organisation of Transplant Team Ireland's participation in the European Transplant & Dialysis Championships.

The Team will return home to Dublin Airport next Sunday.

For an organ donor card Freetext the word DONOR to 50050 or visit website www.ika.ie It is also possible to download an organ donor card on smartphones by searching for Donor ECard at the iPhone store or android market place. Your wishes to be an organ donor can also be included on the new format driving licence which is represented by Code 115

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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