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Update - Heart & Lung Transplant Games, June 2018

European Heart & Lung Transplant Games, Lignano, June 2018


The online entry is now open for the 2018 Games.

Italy is proud to invite you to the 17th European Games for Transplanted Heart and Lungs that will be held in Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD), from 11 to 16 June 2018.

The games are open to all recipients of heart or lung transplants.

The Championships are a sporting event that includes various different disciplines and are open to transplanted athletes of any age.


Most sporting events will be held inside of the Villaggio BellaItalia (formerly GeTur) of Lignano Sabbiadoro or a short distance from the same.

Lignano Sabbiadoro is an Italian municipality of 7,000 inhabitants, of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, bathed by the Adriatic Sea.

It is one of the most famous and tourist seaside resorts of Italy and is awarded the Blue Flag.


The sports present at the Games are:

  • Athletics
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Petanque
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Tambeach
  • Volleyball


Age categories

  • Junior (up to 17)
  • Adults (18–34)
  • Seniors (35–44)
  • Veterans (45–54)
  • Super Veterans (55–59)
  • Old Boys and Girls (60–64)
  • Super Old Boys and Girls (65–69)
  • Very special Old Competitors (70+)



  • Without accommodation includes: lunch + dinner and games pass for the days from Monday 11th to Friday 15th June
  • With accommodation includes: full board, arrival 11/6, departure 16/6 (5 nights, 6 days) with games pass and beach place included.




Extra Night



Athletes and supporters (>17 years) without accommodation



Athletes and supporters (> 17 years) in 2-bed room



Athletes and supporters (> 17 years) in single room



Athletes and supporters (> 17 years) in 3-bed room



Athletes and supporters (> 17 years) in 4-bed room



Athletes and supporters (> 17 years) in 5-bed room



Athletes and supporters (< 17 years) – only with adults



Supporters (< 4 years) only with adults




  • For more information on how to register go click HERE
  • To Register click HERE

Tentative Program (Offical Program)


Day 1 - Monday 11.06.2018


  • Opening Ceremony


Day 2 - Tuesday 12.06.2018

  • Volleyball
  • Tennis Table
  • Cross Country (4 Km)
  • Tambeach
  • Tour 1 (Udine - Cividale del Friuli)
  • Tour 2 (Palmanova - Aquileia)


Day 3 - Wednesday 13.06.2018

  • Swimming
  • Pètanque
  • Golf
  • Tambeach
  • Tour 2 (Palmanova - Aquileia)
  • Tour 3 (Villa Manin - Codroipo - Museo del Vino)


Day 4 - Thursday 14.06.2018

  • Cycling (20 Km)
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Tambeach
  • Tour 3 (Villa Manin - Codroipo - Museo del Vino)
  • Tour 1 (Udine - Cividale del Friuli)
  • Circle of Life


Day 5 - Friday 15.06.2018

  • Athletics
  • Closing Ceremony & Gala Dinner


Day 6 - Sabato 16.06.2018

  • Departures (IHLTA Travel Plans may differ)


Irish Team Travel Arrangements

Transplant Team flight details proposed are with Aer Lingus Dublin to Venice (Marco Polo) on Sunday 10th June 2018 and return Sunday 17th June 2018.


Extra night’s accommodation costs apply for Sunday 10th June 2018 and Saturday 16th June 2018.




The IHLTA will have an Information desk for the Transplant Championships after our Service next Saturday 17th February 2018.



Information meeting for intending athletes/supporters travelling on Saturday 10th March 2018 immediately following IHLTA AGM.


Monthly Support Group Meetings

Have you had a heart or lung transplant?

Monthly support group meetings will begin shortly for interested individuals. They will take place on the last Monday of every month, starting with February 26th at 2pm.

The venue for said meetings is Classroom 2, The Catherine McAuley Centre, 21 Nelson Street (just off Eccles Street), Dublin 7. 


Please see our Faceook page for more information -


REMINDER: Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance takes place on Saturday February 17th in the chapel of the Mater Hospital. 

Annual Service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance

Our 26th Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance will be held in the Chapel of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital on 17 February 2018 at 12 Noon.

It is dedicated with respect and humility to all organ donors and their families who, by their goodness and compassion, give others the gift of life.

The Chapel is located in the Old Building of the Hospital. Members will direct attendees on the day. 

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Atrium of the Whitty Wing. 

This is a non-denominational service and, as ever, we would like to express our gratitude to all those in the Chapel at the Hospital for facilitating us.

Should you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Christmas Cards Now Available

A reminder to members that our Christmas Cards for this year are now available in the Heart & Lung Transplant Clinic in the Mater Hospital.

All proceeds go directly to the charity.

We appreciate your continued support.

Global Organ Donor Commemorative Event, November 30 2017

The first ever global event honouring organ donors will take place in cities across the world later this month.
This Irish-led Global Organ Donor Commemorative Event - Thursday November 30, 2017.
The first ever global event honouring organ donors will take place in cities across the world later this month. This Irish-led commemorative initiative will involve stone sculpted candles, gifted by Irish cities, Galway, Derry, and Belfast being unveiled in Cape Town, Melbourne and Boston on 30th November.  A similar event was held on the 16th November in Spain when a Dublin-gifted commemorative plaque was unveiled in Barcelona.
The purpose of the project is to give expression on a world stage to society's appreciation and gratitude for the life-giving gift made possible through organ donors and their families.  It will also help promote the cause of organ donation and transplantation globally.
The project is being initiated by Strange Boat Donor Foundation in association with Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland.
For more information, please see

Saturday September 9th - Visit to Circle of Life Garden, Salthill

The IHLTA Annual Visit to the Circle of Life Garden in Salthill, Galway takes place on Saturday September 9, 2017.

Those intending to attend are invited to gather at the Garden (located just off the Promenade in Salthill and beside the Salthill Hotel) for 2pm.

Refreshments will be served in the Galway Bay Hotel afterwards. 

All welcome.


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