Irish win seven golds at transplant games

Herald Ie | Allan O'Keeffe

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

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. Continue reading