29 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan man Tom Flannery has brought home a gold and silver medal from the World Transplant Games held at the athletics mecca of Gateshead in Newcastle. Part of the proud and highly successful Irish team feted when they emerged into the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport on Saturday afternoon last, lung transplant recipient Tom, a retired Garda Superintendent, declared: “When I stand back and think about everything and reflect on the health journey I have undertaken over the last few years, I am delighted.”

Watched by family members, Tom secured gold in the shot putt event, and won the final of the 50 medals earned by the Irish team when he finished in silver medal position in the javelin contest. Family, friends and supporters assembled at the airport on Saturday to greet the 38 returning team members from what proved an unforgettable week of competition. The team’s final medals tally was 17 gold, 18 silver and 15 bronze which earned them a very respectable 11th place on the leaderboard amongst the 56 competing. Hosts Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who…

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