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Monday 5 December 2016

Irish win seven golds at transplant games

Deirdre Faul, a liver transplant recipient from Dalkey, Kieran Murray, a kidney transplant recipient from Ramelton, Donegal; Peter Heffernan, a kidney transplant recipient from Skerries, Dublin; and Colin White, Irish team manager, (from Balbriggan) and National Projects Manager with the Irish Kidney Association
Deirdre Faul, a liver transplant recipient from Dalkey, Kieran Murray, a kidney transplant recipient from Ramelton, Donegal; Peter Heffernan, a kidney transplant recipient from Skerries, Dublin; and Colin White, Irish team manager, (from Balbriggan) and National Projects Manager with the Irish Kidney Association

Four Irish athletes who received donor organs have won 13 medals at the World Transplant Games.

The winning foursome are expected to arrive at Dublin Airport this evening with a medal haul of seven golds, four silvers and two bronze from the games in Argentina.

In the squash event, Deirdre Faul, a liver transplant recipient from Dalkey, Dublin, retained her gold medal title for the fifth world games in a row. An accomplished swimmer, she also won gold in the 400m freestyle and a silver in the 100m breaststroke in her 40-49 year age category.

"There is the sheer awesomeness of the event. It's such a pleasure to look around and see my worldwide transplant family living life to the full - thanks to the gift of life given to us by donors who have taken the time to consider organ donation and change someone else's life forever," said Deirdre.

Peter Heffernan, from Skerries in Dublin, who received a kidney transplant in 2011, won two golds in the pool for backstroke events and a bronze in the freestyle event in his 50-59 age category.

Tony Gartland, the first person to undergo a liver transplant in Ireland in 1993, from Hacketstown, Carlow, retained his gold medal in the 5km walk, and won silver in the 5km road race and 1,500m and 800m track races in the 50-59 years category. Kieran Murray from Ramelton, Donegal won gold in the 5km road race and 1,500m track event, and bronze in the 800m in the 30-39 years category.

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