Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association

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Organ Donation Awareness Week 2018

"With 550 people on lists for heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants - the call is being made for a national conversation about organ donation.

This week is Organ Donor Awareness week - with the focus on families talking to each other about their willingness to donate."

#ODAW2018 - Organ Donation Awareness Week 2018

Please have the chat with your family.

VHI MIni-Marathon 2018

Registration for VHI Women's Mini-Marathon 2018 - NOW OPEN!


As Easter fast approaches, some of our members are probably already thinking towards this summer's Mini-Marathon.

Registration is now open. Should you wish to participate for the IHLTA, please do let us know via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).



Thank you. 

AGM - New Time

AGM - Change of Start Time


Please note that our AGM, to be held on Saturday March 10 in the Pillar Room of the Mater Hospital, will now start at the earlier time of 10.30 am. A meeting for members intending to travel to this summer's transplant games will take place immediately aftrwards.


Thank you. 

Support Group Meetings - Important Notice

Infection Control Mesaures - Group Meetings

The IHLTA have been advised that individuals cannot attend the support group meetings in the below circumstances:


-If they have not had their flu vaccination (this needs to be at least 2 weeks prior)


-If they have CRE or VRE which is symptomatic at the time of the group (bacterial infections)


-If they are less than three months post transplant (while we appreciate that said individuals may have a particular desire to attend, standard protocol for this period is to avoid contact with large groups, where possible)


-If they have been advised to continue to wear a mask/avoid public places by the team


-If they have Burkholderia Cepacia or Burkolderia Multivorans (i.e. if they require isolation/ attend clinic on a different day to other patients)


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but ultimately, it is for the best interests of all present.

We look forward to seeing you all on February 26.


Thank you.

AGM - Saturday March 10 2018



The AGM will take place on Saturday March 10 2018 in the Pillar Room of the Mater Hospital at 10:30. 

Immediately afterwards, there will be a meeting of members intending to participate in/travel to this summer's transplant games in Italy.


All welcome. 

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.


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