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Philip excited to make Irish team


GAA star Alan Brogan with Philip Kavanagh, Arklow

GAA star Alan Brogan with Philip Kavanagh, Arklow

GAA star Alan Brogan with Philip Kavanagh, Arklow


Arklow man Philip Kavanagh will be representing Ireland at the European Transplant 7 Dialysis Sports Championships in Vantaa, Finland next month.

Philip who underwent a successful liver transplant in 2008 will form part of a 29-member team and will compete in the dart singles, gold, petanque singles and 800m track & field categories in the age 60 - 69 group.

Since his new lease of life, retired scientist Philip has competed in a number of sporting events both on a national and European level.

Thanks to the Transplant Team Ireland he started running and has taken part in several Run For A Life events.

Philip also won a silver medal in the 2010 European Transplant Games in Golf and is looking forward to partaking in this year's Games.

He credited his donor for giving him the opportunity.

'Thanks to my donor I am able to partake in these games and I am grateful and proud to be able to represent Ireland in promoting donor awareness. The games are a great social occasion and I look forward to meeting new and old friends. To come home with a medal would be nice!,' he said.

There was excitement this week when the Irish team met with GAA star Alan Brogan who gave them a motivational talk ahead of the championships.

Following his motivational talk in which he shared his insights into the Dublin team's winning ways, Alan took time to speak to and be photographed with each team member.

He said, 'It was a pleasure to spend some time with these great athletes who will represent Ireland in the European Transplant & Dialysis Championships. They are amazing ambassadors for not only their families and friends but for Organ Donorship in general. I could sense the strong bond that exists throughout the group and even though every athlete is a winner at the games I'm confident that the Irish athletes have trained and prepared to their personal maximum to ensure they meet their own goals in Finland in July. I wish all the members and traveling staff of Transplant Team Ireland the very best of luck and thank them for the opportunity to spend a small amount of time with them today.'