Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association

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Annual Service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance

Our 24st Annual Mass of Thanksgiving and Remembrance will be held in the 
Chapel of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital on 20 February 2016
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.


Transplant Games July 2016 - Flights & Prices

Flight details for those going to the European Transplant Games in Vantaa, Finland:

Outbound flight (Finnair) Dublin to Helsinki/Vantaa
AY 930 depart Dublin 9.15am 10th July 2016


Return flight (Finnair) Helsinki/Vantaa to Dublin
AY 931 depart Helsinki 16.15pm 16th July 2016

Registration fee for the Games is €560 PP which includes 5 nights accommodation, meals and transport to hotels, venues etc.

Anyone thinking of going to the Games phone Chairman Paddy O'Mahony on 087 4128612 for more details on payment options available to fund the cost for athletes.

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IHLTA Visit to Áras an Uachtaráin

As part of celebrations to mark 30 years of heart and 10 years of lung transplantation in Ireland, the IHLTA will be making a visit to President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday, 26/02/2016 at 2.30pm.
All paid members are invited to apply for inclusion. However, as our allocated numbers are strictly limited we may have to "draw names from the hat".
Due to the limited places available, spouses, partners, family members etc. will not be allowed to accompany successful applicants. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Anyone who wishes to participate, please contact us.

Bingo Fundraiser for IHLTA

Pictured below (right to left) are Michael Miles, who received a double lung transplant in 2015, and his daughter, Emma, presenting a cheque for €1,500 to IHLTA Chairman, Paddy O'Mahony. Family and friends of Michael held a Monster Bingo fundraiser. Many thanks to all involved and the community of Union Hall and Skibbereen for their support.

On behalf of the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association, we wish to thank them most sincerely for the donation to our Association.

Donations  such as these help us to continue our work in providing help and support to patients  pre and post transplantation. It also helps us to provide funding for specific projects within the Heart and Lung Unit of the Mater Hospital.

As a non-Government funded Charity group, we appreciate every single donation to the IHLTA.   People like the Miles are not just providing vital funds,  they are also creating donor awareness and in doing this they are helping to save lives.  

Once again, on behalf of the Association, our thanks  to all involved in this and all other fundraising event for their wonderful support. 

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We Have Plenty of Shirts to Fill!

As we move further into the new year, the time has come to start thinking of this summer's Transplant Games. We have plenty of shirts to fill, not just in terms of participants but also with regard to our valuable supporters!

The 16th European Heart and Lung Transplant Championships will be held in the city of Vantaa, Finland from Monday 11th July to Friday 15thJuly 2016.    

The Games are for all heart, lung and heart-lung transplant recipients.     The sports are Volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, cycling, petanque (Boules), swimming, golf, cross-country running and athletics.

The host country’s chosen sporting event is 10 pin bowling. 

Athletes are divided into different age groups i.e. 5-17, 18-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Final costings for both participants and supporters will be known by January 2016.  Registration costs including accommodation will be approx €580 – not including flights.   This price does however cover accommodation including most meals and travel to and from the games etc   The Association is at present reviewing group flight options to Finland. 

All registration must be processed through the team manager as each country must register as a group.



The Chairman of the European Heart and Lung Transplant Federation is one of our own members and former Chairman of the IHLTA, Brendan Gilligan.  To find out more about the Games, please contact Team Manager Robert McCutcheon on 0872214753 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For more information on featured events, please see articles relating to previous Games on this website. Full details are available on


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Winter Newsletter 2015/16

Our Christmas newsletter has been printed and we envisage mailing it this week. A pivotal part of keeping in touch with our members, it contains information relating to events over the past six months and tentative plans for activities in 2016.

Please note that our Christmas Cards will be available in the Mater Hospital (Transplant Unit, Level 7, Whitty Wing) and on request from Committee members in the lead up to the holiday season. All funds raised through this effort will go directly to the IHLTA. The provision of assistance to our members is extremely important to us, and especially difficult given that we are an entirely self-funded entity recieving absolutely no government support. The cards also contain a message exhalting one of the key merits of organ donation, that being 'one organ donor can save the lives of up to seven people' - a message printed on the back of each card.

Due to constraints beyond our control, the Mater Hospital is not in a position to provide us with contact information for transplant recipients. As such, if you're interested in hearing more from us in future and discovering the work we do, please email your details to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or any Committee member.

For further info, please see our Facebook page


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