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                                                              BY MICHAEL MESCALL

        The IKA West Clare Walk took place
        on Sunday April 30th. The walk
        commenced in the Square in Kilrush,
        went out the Moneypoint Road and
        returned by Cappagh via the coastal
        route to Kilrush. The proceeds to date
        amount to a total of €11,295, which
                                                             Back: Michael Mescall, Peter Dale, Gerry Moran and Bill Dale.
        is on a par with previous years.                 Front: Gina Dale, Mary Neylon and Peggy Eustace (Clare branch Chairman).
           This was the second year using the
                                            the World Transplant and Dialysis   it, this is for my donor. If it was not for
        new route. Dry seasonal weather
                                            Sports Championships in Malaga in   them I would not be here.“ This was
        prevailed and a large number of
                                            Spain in late June. Marie was a     Marie’s seventh time representing
        participants took part leading to a
                                            member of a strong Transplant Team  Transplant Team Ireland at a
        very successful walk.
                                            Ireland which included 4 liver and 23  Transplant Games either World or
           Our special appreciation is
                                            kidney transplant patients.         European. She has competed for
        extended to the organising committee
                                              The team won a grand total of 32  Ireland in such distant locations as
        under the Chairmanship of Vincent
                                            medals and ranged in age from 30 to  Bangkok in Thailand and Loudon in
        O’Halloran and comprising Peggy
                                            79 years. They showed their zest for  Canada. Marie who hails from
        Eustace, Carmel McCormack,
                                            life, sportsmanship and infectious  Moymore North Lahinch in Clare
        Geraldine and Joe Grace.
                                            goodwill while honoring their organ  received her first Transplant in 1996
           A big ‘thank you’ to each and every
                                            donors.                             and her second kidney transplant two
        individual who took part in the walk
                                              Marie won gold in the Women’s     years later. We wish her continuing
        and those who sponsored them. This
                                            Singles 18 hole golf, played on the  good health and further success at
        participation by both walkers and
                                            beautiful Guadalhorce golf course in  future games.
        sponsors, allied to the committee's
                                            temperatures in the mid-Thirties. She
        work has contributed significantly to
                                            also won bronze in Petanque Singles
        the great success the walk has                                          CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
                                            (a sport similar to bowls which
        become over the years.                                                    The Christmas Social will take place
                                            originated in France) which was
                                                                                at the Old Ground Hotel Ennis on
                                            played on a gravel surface in these
        CONGRATULATIONS                     Games.                              December 3rd and we look forward to
           Congratulations to Marie O’Connor                                    seeing our members and their
                                              Speaking about her win Marie said:
        on winning gold and silver medals at                                    families. For more details on this
                                            “I am over the moon, I did not expect
                                                                                upcoming event together with
                                                                                matters relating to tickets, please
                                                                                contact our Chairperson Peggy
                                                                                Eustace at 087-9392148.
                                                                                CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONS
                                                                                  The summer months have been a
                                                                                busy period for church gate collections
                                                                                in the branch. We would like to take
                                                                                this opportunity of thanking all our
                                                                                volunteers who give so generously of
                                                                                their time in making these collections
                                                                                possible throughout the year.
                                                                                Contributions are on par with
                                                                                previous years and, in this regard, the
                                                                                public are to be complimented for
        Nicola Frazer and Paddy Crowe, staff members of Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road, Ennis, who provide our members with a
        welcome cupan tae after our recent branch meeting.                      their great help.
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