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Southsider joins in Irish team's golfing victory

Sunday, 28th April, 2019 6:00pm
Southsider joins in Irish team's golfing victory

Mick Dwyer is pictured with Mickey Harte, Tyrone football manager and Colin White, team manager of Transplant Team Ireland.

Southsider joins in Irish team's golfing victory

Mick Dwyer is pictured with Mickey Harte, Tyrone football manager and Colin White, team manager of Transplant Team Ireland.

A JUBILANT Ireland team of five transplant recipient golfers touched down in Dublin Airport recently after winning the 5 Nations Transplant Golf Tournament which was held in Livingston, Scotland.

It was a timely victory for the Irish transplant recipients who all paid tribute to their organ donors after winning the overall team prize - the 5 Nations – for their combined score on the final day of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2019.

The team included kidney transplant recipient, Michael Dwyer from Cabinteely, as well as one liver transplant recipient Philip Kavanagh from Arklow, Co Wicklow.

The remaining three included Ron Grainger from Castleknock and Michael Kiely from Mitchelstown, Cork as well as Tony Gavigan from Navan, Co Meath.

Following their win four of the team thanked their deceased organ donors while Michael Kiely credited his living kidney donor sister Annette for making their victory possible.

Supporting the men at the Games was their Team Manager, Colin White.

Tony Gavigan won the warm up competition on Friday. Tony’s deceased son, Kyle’s organs were donated and just a few years before Tony discovered he would require a kidney transplant and be reliant on a deceased donor. Michael Dwyer, who last month celebrated the 19th anniversary of his deceased donor kidney transplant, won the longest drive and finished third in the individual competition on the Saturday.

The annual 5 Nations Transplant Golf Tournament brings together teams from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is organised on a rotational basis by each country.

This year's event was hosted in Livingston, Scotland at the Deer Park course with a warm up event on Friday of the weekend with the 5 Nations on the Saturday.

Speaking about the win, Ireland team manager, Colin White, expressed his delight at the result and was delighted with the team spirit.

"It was a most enjoyable and well organised event and great competition experience for our golfers going to this year's World Transplant Games in Newcastle in August,” he said.

Ireland will be hosting the next 5 Nations Transplant Golf Tournament as well as the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in August 2020. 

The Irish Kidney Association are keen advocates for health and physical activity promotion.

It is considered an important part of pre and post-transplant care for organ recipients.

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