Kerryman Returns Home After World Transplant Games Experience

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Transplant Team Ireland member Con Brosnan (right) from Killarney after returning to Dublin airport with supporters Teresa and Pat Looney on Sunday.

A KERRYMAN who was a member of Transplant Team Ireland at the World Transplant Games in Malaga said he really enjoyed the experience.

Con Brosnan from Killarney was part of the 27 members of Team Ireland who can take pride in their performances at the 21st World Transplant Games in Spain.

It was the first World Transplant Games for Con to take part in and although he didn’t bring home a medal from his Golf events he said; “I thoroughly enjoyed the Games experience and spending time with the team who welcomed me and have become my extended family. I want to thank Teresa and Pat Looney who travelled with me to the Games from Kerry as they were a great support. I thank my kidney donor for giving me this wonderful opportunity”.

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The team returned home to an  informal homecoming reception greeted by a large gathering of family, friends and supporters at Dublin airport on Sunday.

The Irish team won a total of 32 medals while at the same time demonstrating their zest for life, team spirit, sportsmanship and infectious goodwill while honouring their organ donors.

The Irish team’s impressive medals haul includes 14 Gold, 7 Silver and 11 Bronze from various sporting events.

The main objective for Team Ireland members, who range in age from 30 to 79, when taking part in the Games is to embrace life and promote organ donation.

The team included 4 liver transplant recipients and 23 kidney transplant recipients.

The 21st World Transplant Games involved 1000 competitors from 51 countriesand every athlete who competed will have received a kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas or bone marrow transplant.

This was the second largest gathering of transplant recipients for the biennial World Games event, next to when they were held in Gold Coast, Australia in 2009.

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