Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association

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Heart and Lung Transplantation Masterclass

Heart and Lung Transplantation Masterclass

Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018



Location: Level 6 St Cecelia’s Meeting Room, Whitty Building.


Time:  2pm – 4pm.


Interactive Sessions: Specialist Nurses, Physiotherapist, Pharmacist, Medical Social Worker.


Open to Heart and Lung Transplant Recipients and Caregivers.


As number are limited, booking is required, please contact the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit.


Refreshments sponsored by the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association 


Organ Donation Awareness Day - Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstance, we have been forced to postpone our awareness day this Friday. Stay tuned for a new date.

Patient-Donor Thank You Messages

Transplant can have a significant impact on a person’s life and those around them. The gift of life is the greatest gift to receive. On reflection, the transplant recipient may like to express gratitude to their donor family, whose kindness is an example to us all.

Post Heart Transplant Nurse Specialist Barbara Parlon and Medical Social Worker Tara Whelan developed an educational leaflet to guide post heart & lung transplant patients should they choose to say ‘thank you’ to their donor family. Remember this is a personal choice – for some people, they may not wish to contact their donor family. We all have different ways of saying thank you.

Receiving communication from the transplant recipient may provide comfort to the donor family and acknowledge the gift of life received.

IHLTA Organ Donation Awareness Day

In honour of European Organ Donation Awareness Day 2018, the IHLTA will be staging our own day in the Mater Hospital on Friday October 12, 2018.

We will have information stands situated at the Eccles Street door to the hospital as well as in the corridor near the NCR entrance. As such, we would ask members who might be interested in manning the stands for a time to contact us.

To register your interest, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stipulating your preferred time.
Thanks as always.

Please pop by and say hello should you happen to be in the hospital on the day.


To celebrate his life giving heart transplant and raise awareness  for organ donation Dubliner Ken Mulkerrins, will cycle 212 kilometers across Ireland from his Dublin home tomorrow morning (Friday 17th August) to the symbolic Circle of Life Garden in Salthill, Galway, the national commemorative garden for organ donors.
The 39 year old father of two and former Irish Kayaking Champion will depart tomorrow (17th August) at 8am from his Lucan home in Oldbridge Park and will make an overnight stopover in Ballinasloe (from 5pm approx) before resuming his journey on Saturday morning (18th August) to the Circle of Life Garden in Salthill where he expects to be greeted by family, friends and supporters as well as Denis and Martina Goggin, whose brainchild was to develop the symbolic Circle of Life garden to honour organ donors including their late son Eamonn who passed away in 2006 when he was just 26 years old. 
Following his transplant in 2016 Ken achieved his goal of completing his first 5km run, just six months after a call for his life saving transplant. Determined to embrace his second chance of life and honour his deceased donor. Ken's own brother-in-law underwent a kidney transplant before Ken himself learned that he would also require a transplant, a heart.  You can follow Ken's event on his Facebook page 'Powered by the Gift of Life"   .

Annual Visit to Circle of Life Garden

You are all invited to join the IH&LTA on our next visit to The Circle of Life Garden this September the 8/9/2018

We are looking forward to meeting up with Denis and Martina Goggin once again and be further educated and inspired by the history and the effort involved in creating this beautiful memorial garden and place of incredible calm, spirituality and serenity, on the seafront in Salthill but far from the noise and day to day activity of a busy seaside resort.

We hope to gather for 2.00pm and conclude about 3.00 or 3.30 where we will retire to the Galway Bay Hotel for finger food.

Can anyone who intends travelling let me know by either indicating on Facebook, or texting 087-6878763 or by mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
This is just to ensure we have sufficient refreshments on order.

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