Ireland 'squashes' competition at the World Transplant Games

Ireland 'squashes' competition at the World Transplant Games
Deirdre Faul with her four Gold medals from the World Transplant Games in 2017.

Two Irish competitors from Dublin have made the country proud today following their performance at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle.

Liver transplant recipient Deirdre Faul from Dalkey, Dublin, took home her 7th World Transplant Squash Champion title as well as a gold medal.

The mother-of-two first won gold at the tournament in 2007. Faul fought off competition to emerge with a final score of 3-0 in a best of five competition.

Faul said: "I'm delighted. The French competitor was coming back in the third match so I had to stay relaxed and focused. It is amazing to get seven in a row.

A big thanks to my coach Frank Donnelly for all his help and to Irish Squash for their support coming up to the Games and of course a very special thanks to my donor and donor family

Faul will turn her attention to swimming following her win, as she competes on Tuesday and Wednesday. In 2017, the then 47-year-old won four gold medals, breaking the World Transplant Games records in both the 200m and 400m freestyle swimming events.

Meanwhile, 61-year-old John Moran from Glasnevin in Dublin took home gold in a 10km cycle trial.o

Moran thanked his brother Frank for his 'fast kidney' which he received 34 years ago:

"I am delighted and thrilled. The pressure is off now. A big thank you to all of those who have supported me, my wife Angela who has traveled here with me and of course a special thanks to my brother Frank who gave me his “fast” kidney 34 years ago.

Moran will now look forward to competing in the 30km road cycle race tomorrow with John Connell.

The full list of Irish competitors can be found below:

  • ANTRIM: John McAleer, Newtownabbey (kidney) (oldest member of the team)
  • CAVAN: Aodhagan Cullen, Cavan (kidney)
  • CLARE: Marie O’Connor, Lahinch (kidney)
  • CORK: Mike Keohane, Rosscarbery (liver); Charlie Ryan, Cobh (liver); Michael Kiely, Mitchelstown, on the Limerick border (kidney); Pat O’Sullivan, Mallow (kidney); Michael O’Shea, Mallow (Heart)
  • DONEGAL: Kieran Murray, Ramelton (kidney)
  • GALWAY: Sinead McGowan, Renmore (living in Australia) (kidney)
  • KERRY: Anna Pokojska,Killarney,via Poland Did the Ring of Kerry Cycle previous day (kidney)
  • KILDARE: James Nolan, Kilcullen (kidney) International award winning butcher – underwent a living donor kidney transplant 32 years ago (kidney)
  • KILKENNY VIA LIMERICK: Emma O’Sullivan (kidney)
  • LIMERICK via UK: Trevor Lynch, Cappamore, (Bone Marrow)
  • LOUTH: Tommy Marrett, Ardee (kidney)
  • MAYO via UK: Julie O’Neill, Westport- Award winning businesswoman, underwent living donor transplant from brother 37 years ago (kidney);
  • MEATH: Tony Gavigan, Navan & native of LONGFORD father of deceased donor (kidney); Jerome Lyness, Navan, (kidney); Rachel Eagleton, Bettystown - youngest female on the team (33) (kidney); Jack O’Brien, Navan, - youngest member of the team (16) (kidney);
  • MONAGHAN: Tomas Flannery, Tandarageebane (Lung);
  • TIPPERARY: Orla Hogan, Nenagh (kidney); Sheila Gregan, Nenagh (kidney);
  • WATERFORD via Dublin: Eoin Hurley (age 25, student at TCD) (kidney)
  • WESTMEATH: Finian Farrell, Mullingar (kidney); Noel Marsden, Athlone (kidney); John Connell, Mullingar, living in South Africa (kidney);
  • WICKLOW: Garry Campbell, Greystones (kidney); Philip Kavanagh, Arklow (liver);
  • DUBLIN: Ron Grainger, Castleknock, D.15 (kidney); Harry Ward, Team Captain, Baldoyle, D.13 (kidney); Paul Prendergast, Santry, D.9 (kidney); Anthony Byrne, Artane (kidney); Peter Heffernan, Skerries (kidney); Leonard Ryan, Tallaght (kidney); Michael Dwyer, Cabinteely (kidney); Deirdre Faul, Dalkey (liver); John Moran, Glasnevin, celebrating 34th anniversary of living donor transplant from brother (kidney) .
  • TEAM MANAGER: Colin White from Balbriggan, Dublin
  • TEAM DOCTOR: Ayanfe Obilana

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