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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gavin pays tribute to spirit of Ireland's transplant athletes

Ireland's organ transplant athletes received a motivational talk from Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin before they depart for Poland for an international championship meet.

Some 34 men and women on the Irish team heard the GAA supremo speak of the huge challenges they had overcome with resilience and determination.

GAMES

The athletes will travel to Poland next month to represent Ireland in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships.

Each athlete at the games will either have already received a kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas or bone marrow transplant or are on dialysis.

The Dublin football manager told them at a team gathering yesterday: "Seeing you represent your country surely gives comfort to donor families as well as promoting 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," the Dubs stalwart told the athletes before their departure.

Organ donor cards are available by texting Donor to 50050 or visit www.ika.ie.

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