Page 27 - Support Magazine Autumn 2017
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BY LORRAINE COSTELLO
       Orla Hogan, Mary Downes     David Crosby                                               Helen Nugent and a representative
                                                                                                     for the McConkey family

















         The ‘candles’ were       Lyons. Once again their       Our ‘Forget-Me-Not’        Dr Clodagh Sweeney,
       brought to the Altar by the  singing and music was truly  flowers were brought to the  Consultant Nephrologist,
       Limerick branch secretary,  magnificent. The warm      Altar by Laurie McDermott  from Temple St Childrens’
       Mary Downes and Orla       prolonged round of applause  from Kildare. Laurie and her  University Hospital and our
       Hogan, from Tipperary, who  for the group, demonstrated  family generously donated  Lady’s Children Hospital,
       is a member of Transplant  the true appreciation of the  her mother’s organs. The  Crumlin accompanied Julian
       Team Ireland. Both Mary and  congregation. People      Organ Donor Card was       Balikowsky (7), a dialysis
       Orla are recipients of kidney  expressed their admiration of  brought to the Altar by two  patient, together with his
       transplants. A Transplant  the music’s suitability and the  of the IKA’s Board Members,  mother Katarzyna to the
       Team Ireland winner's gold  respectful tone that was   Seamus Carrigan from       Altar, where Julian’s favourite
       medal, achieved at the 2010  conveyed through their    Kilkenny and Eoin Madden   toy was accepted by Bishop
       European Transplant and    wonderful rendition.        from Galway. Both Seamus   Field.
       Dialysis Sports which was    Bishop Field recited the  and Eoin are currently
       held in Dublin and awarded  Opening Prayer and Ms Dilly  receiving dialysis treatment.
       to one of our athletes,    Little, Surgical Director of the
       represented the athlete    National Kidney Transplant
       honouring his donor after  Service, read the First
       receiving a life-saving kidney  Reading. She was followed
       transplant. As the athlete  by Professor Jim Egan, the
       wished to remain           Director of Organ Donation
       anonymous the medal was    and Transplant Ireland (ODTI)
                                                                                          Julian Balikowsky
       brought to the Altar by the  who read the Second
       National Secretary, Valerie  Reading.                                               Harry Ward, Captain of
       Brady.                                                                            Transplant Team Ireland, and
                                   Dilly Little                                          a kidney transplant recipient
        Valerie Brady                                          Laurie McDermott          commenced the ‘Service of
                                                                The Book of              Light’ by lighting his taper
                                                              Remembrance, which         from the Paschal Flame.
                                                              contains the names of organ  Before the congregation’s
                                                              donors inscribed in the ‘Roll  candles were lit Susan Tobin,
                                                              of Honour’ was carried to the  Secretary of the IKA's Carlow
                                                              Altar by Annette Daly, from  branch, recited the poem ‘A
                                                              Glenageary, Co Dublin.     Candle’. Representatives,
                                                              Annette is the IKA's       from each family, carried
                                                              Calligrapher who, since the  their candles to the tables
                                                              establishment of our first  situated before the Altar and
                                                              Book of Remembrance thirty  placed the card, with the
                                                              two years ago, has faithfully  name of their loved one, in
                                                              and carefully inscribed each  the basket in front of the
                                                              name in all the Books of   Altar.
         The ‘Book of the Gospel’    The Procession of gifts  Remembrance.
       was brought to the Altar by  commenced with the candles                            Harry Ward
       David Crosby, originally from  which were brought to the
       Meath and currently living in  Altar by two donor families,
       Cavan. He is the recipient of  a representative for the
       a life-saving double lung  McConkey from Cork who
       transplant.                donated their beloved
         The music at the Service  daughter’s organs and Helen
       was provided by the        Nugent, from Dublin who
       ProNuova group, under the  donated her brother’s organs
       Musical Director Dr Sharon  some years ago.             Annette Daly
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