Knockavilla Donaskeigh parish came together last weekend to honour its gold medallist Vincent Bradshaw. Vincent was a member of the Irish golf team which won gold at the recent European transplant games.
Knockavilla Community Council chairman Kieran Slattery said that Vincentâ€™s achievement was something too great to go unrecognised and to have a European gold medallist from the parish was an honour for all.
Friends and family gathered in Knockavilla hall to meet Vincent and to congratulate him on his fantastic achievement. Speaking on behalf of the Tipperary branch of the Irish kidney association, Joan Gavin complimented Vincent and his team-mates on their gold medals. Speaking about the importance of donor awareness, Joan highlighted the benefits of everyone carrying a donor card. Organ transplants can make a difference to 5 people to help them improve their lifestyles.
Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams GAA club chairman Tony Farrell said he was delighted to be associated with this special night.
Tony acknowledged the huge effort that Vincent put into achieving his medal and was an example to all that there is nothing that canâ€™t be achieved with plenty of practise.
This was a sentiment that Very Rev. Fr. Jim Egan PP also touched on. Fr. Egan said that the example of courage and determination that Vincent showed to achieve his medal was something to be proud of and he looked forward to the time that maybe we could all be back here celebrating a world gold medallist.
Fr. Egan congratulated both Kickhams GAA and Knockavilla Community Council for organising the night. A presentation to Vincentâ€™s mother Kitty, wife Lorraine and daughter Emma was made, and after receiving his presentation of a locally produced mahogany clock, Vincent spoke of his humbleness on the night afforded to him and his family.
Recalling the moment he realised his team had won gold, Vincent said his thoughts went straight back to nine years ago when he went through his transplant and he forever feels grateful to the family and donor which gave him the chance to have a better quality of life, and without their generosity he would not have been able to achieve what he has achieved.
He thanked everyone for the effort organising the night and the refreshments, and once again highlighted the need and importance of everyone carrying an organ donor card.