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We are very grateful to Fr Tom
                                            Hogan, who every year celebrates our
                                            Mass that means so much to the
                                            donor families and the recipients. The
                                            congregation each year commends his
                                            homily which is delivered with great
                                            eloquence and meaning.
                                              In the congregation were Professor
                                            Stack; Mayor of Clare Cllr Bill
                                            Chambers; Sally Hogan and Brid
                                            Collins, staff nurses at the dialysis
                                            units UHL; Mairead Monaghan, staff
                                            nurse Unit 7 Dialysis unit Merlin Park
                                            Hospital, Galway; Andrea Fitzmaurice,
                                            kidney transplant co-ordinator,
         Stephan Murphy and Clare branch Treasurer Gerry Moran
                                            Beaumont Hospital; Siobhan Brosnan,
        Sunday May 21st for the branches    organ donation nurse manager, UHL;  season’s activities in the branch. The
        annual Mass of Remembrance and      Jean O’Reilly, donor co-ordinator   outgoing executive of the branch was
        Thanksgiving.                       ODTI; Valerie Brady, IKA National   returned namely:
           Mannix Berry, transplant recipient,  Chairperson; Mary Downes, Limerick  Chairperson:        Peggy Eustace
        speaking on behalf of the Clare     branch Secretary; Sandra Dillon,    Treasurer:             Gerard Moran
        branch IKA said: “the annual Mass of  Limerick branch Chairperson; Susan  Secretary:             Michael Mescall
        Remembrance and Thanksgiving        Cannon, Limerick Board Member;      Board Member:    Peggy Eustace
        fulfills the promise that those who  Jerome Burke, Offaly Board Member,
        have passed on, and their families, are  IKA members from Limerick, Offaly  BEREAVEMENTS
        acknowledged and remembered for     and Clare.                            We extend our deepest sympathy
        the precious gift of an organ, to those  The attendance was very        to the families of the late PJ Daly,
        in need – that is a most courageous  appreciative of the choir of Ennis  Cahercalla, Ennis; Martin John
        and heroic gift of generosity.“     Cathedral with special mention of   Browne, Kilrush, Ennis and Patrick
           Mannix made special reference to  soloist Eimear Mungovan and organist  McMahon, Newmarket on Fergus.
        Peggy Eustace. He commended her     Leon Walsh and director Michael     May their gentle souls rest in peace.
        highly for her tremendous work and  Hennessy. Professor Stack and Sally
        the huge organisational ability she  Hogan participated in the readings.  RETIREMENT
        demonstrates in bringing such a vast                                      We take this opportunity of wishing
        array of guests to the Service each  AGM                                Aileen Counihan every success and
        year. She has been doing this work in  The AGM took place on April 25th  happiness on her recent retirement.
        a low key and dignified manner for  in Cois na hAbhann Ennis. A large   She will be greatly missed by her
        decades.                            attendance was present to review the  patients and their families.


                    By MARIE DONLON

            Our AGM was held on April 26th in The Riverbank
         Hotel. The existing officers were reinstated. A good
         crowd was in attendance. Mike Kelly, IKA Renal
         Counsellor, gave a short talk and presentation on the
         psychology of illness. His talk was very interesting.
         Refreshments were served afterwards.                      Mike Kelly, IKA Renal Counsellor, Dora Kent, Liam Buttle, Eddie Kehoe

         ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS WEEK                          MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
            The amount collected for ODAW in Wexford and        Our local annual Mass of Remembrance will take place
         county was €9,000. A big ‘thank you’ to those who gave  in Clonard Church on July 14th at 8pm.
         their time to collect.                                 We hope that as many members as possible, along with
                                                             their families and friends, will attend.
            Bridget Cullen from Blackwater held a coffee morning  CONDOLENCES
         recently and raised €1,250 for the branch. ‘Thank you’  Deepest sympathy to the families of Gladys Kloss and
         for all the good work Bridget.                      Charlie Murphy on their sad passing.

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