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Peadar and Sinead de Barra with their sons
           Iarlaith and Oisin get ready to collect in Galway
              during Organ Donor Awareness Week.     Anne Marie Connolly and Agnes Kelly at our Information stand in the Corrib Centre, Galway.
           At the recent World Transplant Games in Malaga,    donation for the IKA Renal Support Centre in Beaumont
        Galway’s Sinead McGowan won four medals – two gold    the proceeds of a ‘Fun Day’ held in Gort Community
        and two silver. Sinead received a kidney from her brother  College. The Branch would like to acknowledge the work
        Seamus in 2008 and has been living in Australia for some  of Teacher, Amy Talbot, parents, students, Headmaster and
        years. Her parents, Colm and Teresa from Renmore,     staff for their wonderful gesture.
        Galway, are staunch IKA supporters and wonderful        The Annual Mass of Thanksgiving was held this year in
        fundraisers during Organ Donor Awareness Week. The    Knocknacarra Church. We wish to thank the Parish Priest,
        Galway branch is delighted to send a message of       Fr. Tadhg, for his welcome and the Church Choir for their
        congratulations to Sinead on her great achievements.  beautiful music and singing during the Mass.
           Marie Burke, of the Loughrea Active Retirement group,  Both the Organ Donor Awareness Week and Church
        presented our new Chairperson, Eoin Madden, with a    Gate collections were well supported and we wish to thank
        cheque for €550. The Branch also received €1,500      all the volunteers who participated in both events.

            CAVAN/MONAGHAN                                                    Hi to all in the IKA.

                              BY KARL CRONIN                                  I thought you would like to see this
                                                                              photo. Our son Andrew married
                                                                                               married Nora
         WILL YOU GET INVOLVED?                                                                Cunningham from
         Branch members will be aware that it has been some time since we have had             Waterford in our
         a Branch meeting. In recent years, the numbers attending Branch meetings              home town of
         have decreased and we have relied very heavily on a small number of members           Mullagh, Co.
         from Cavan and Monaghan to keep the branch active.                                    Cavan recently.
           We have a number of vacancies in the branch at present and we don’t have            Andrew had a
         representation on the National Board of Directors. In the IKA’s Constitution if       kidney transplant
         a Branch fails to hold an AGM or to nominate a representative of the Branch           in December 2003,
         to the National Board, the Board may take steps to rectify the situation              and has done very
         including closure of the Branch or amalgamating the Branch with another               well under the care
         existing Branch.                                                                      of Dr. de Freitas
           Given the large number of members in our Branch, and the number of                  and his team in
         patients attending the Renal Dialysis Unit in Cavan, it would be a shame to           Beaumont. Not to
         see our Branch closing or being amalgamated with another neighbouring  mention Prof. Conlon, and how could
         branch.                                                              we forget David Hickey.
           Therefore, we are calling on all our members who are willing to get involved  Our thoughts and prayers went to
         and reinvent the Cavan / Monaghan IKA branch to get in touch with us. Please  the donor and their family on our
         text your name, address and contact number to 086-8513173 and once we  happy day. Without their sacrifice, our
         have sufficient numbers, we will contact you with the details of our next  joy would not have happened. Nora
         meeting.                                                             and Andrew's wonderful son Mark
           You will see from all the other branch reports that there is so much to be  would not be here either. Keep up the
         gained from having an active branch, including peer support, social outings,  good work.
         promotion of organ donation in the locality and benefitting from local                 Andy Jones (Snr)
         fundraising initiatives. This is your branch of the IKA – will you get involved?     Mullagh, Co. Cavan

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