The Irish team has got off to great start at the 7th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Croatia after winning 5 Gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze so far in just day two of the Games which will continue until Saturday.
Eoghan O’Neill, a native of Newmarket-on-Fergus and now living in Ashbrook, Limerick, has secured a Gold medal at European Games today in the Swimming 400m freestyle event in his age category 18-29 years. Eoghan also secured a Bronze in the Swimming relay race with his teammates Peter Heffernan, Paul Prendergast and Sheila Gregan. This is the first time for Eoghan a kidney transplant recipient to represent Ireland at the European Games. His successful swimming relay teammate who also secured a bronze medal, Sheila Gregan a kidney transplant recipient from Nenagh, Tipperary put in spectacular performances in swimming today also winning two Gold medals in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events in her age category (40-49 years) as well as securing a Silver medal for coming second in the 400m freestyle event. Speaking from the Games in Zagreb Sheila said, “I am so very proud to say the least. It hasn’t hit me yet.”
Anne Lankester, a kidney transplant recipient from Roscarbery, Cork won a Bronze medal in the 50-59 years age category in the 50m backstroke event.
Yesterday, the first day of the European Games, Team Ireland amassed a total of six medals. One silver was secured by Roscommon woman Monica Finn in the 5km Cycling Trials. Five medals were won in the Darts events with two Gold being secured by Charlie Ryan a liver transplant man from Cobh, Cork and Niall McAuliffe, who came first in the Dialysis category. Silver was won by kidney transplant man John Loftus from Clarina, Limerick and the two Bronze were won by liver transplant recipient Mike Keohane from Cork and Noel McGeever, a kidney transplant man from Donegal.
Overall it has been a fantastic start for Team Ireland.
The Irish Team consists of 26 members including 17 men and 9 women who range in age from 18 to 74. The European Games will continue until Saturday 25th August.
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