Tipperary Transplant athletes and other members of Transplant Team Ireland who recently returned from the World Transplant Games in South Africa were invited by the GAA to showcase the success of organ donation at the All Ireland senior Semi Hurling Finals in Croke Parkon Sunday.
Amongst the athletes who were honoured at this occasion were Andrew Duncan from Clonmel and Orla Hogan from Nenagh. Orla and Andrew had the pleasure of meeting their transplant surgeon David Hickey at this special event. Mr. Hickey, a former Dublin footballer, and Orla’s father Seamus Hogan, both travelled to San Francisco as GAA All Stars in the 70s’.
Seamus was part of the Tipperary team which won the All Ireland Final in 1971. Transplant Athlete Sheila Gregan from Nenagh was unable to attend Croke Park on Sunday but her photo was put on the score board (at half time during the senior hurling final) as the team lined up in front of 60,000 or more spectators.
Transplant Team Ireland will re-unite at the Irish Kidney Association’s Run for a Life event (www.runforalife.ie) on Sunday 15th September. The family Fun Run sponsored by Astellas, which promotes organ donation, is open to the general public who can walk, jog or run in it. Run for a Life will take place at Park West, Dublin 12. For registration visit www.runforalife.ie The World Transplant Games saw almost 1000 transplant recipients from 50 countries coming together to celebrate the Gift of Life through sport. The Irish team did themselves proud, coming home with a total tally of 34 medals.