Rosscarbery will be represented at the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships taking place in Krakow, Poland next month when Mike Keohane will represent Ireland in the 5km Race Walk, Javelin, Shot Putt, Discus and Darts.
The members of Transplant Team Ireland, which includes three former national and international mainstream sports stars, travelled from the four corners of Ireland to a photo-call and motivational talk by Dublin Senior Football Manager Jim Gavin, which was held at Dublin airport on Sunday, July 6. The Irish Team, which comprises 25 men and nine women ranging in age from 16 to 76, includes 29 transplant recipients as well as five people who are receiving dialysis treatment. In a previous role with the Air Corps Dublin Senior Football Manager, Jim Gavin flew many missions involving the retrieval of organs and the movement of patients for transplant operations. Delivering a motivational talk to the team Mr. Gavin said, “I feel humbled and privileged to be in the presence of such a large group of inspirational people. You have all experienced huge health challenges with uncertain outcomes. However, your resilience and determination to embrace life through sport is commendable and seeing you represent your country surely gives comfort to donor families as well as promoting to the public the indisputable importance and success of organ donation. Your participation in sport as a team shows solidarity in your conviction that organ donation works and that sport benefits mind and body and unites people.”
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