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Support Magazine

Support Magazine, issued quarterly by the  Irish Kidney Association, features many interesting stories relating to organ donation and transplantation in Ireland.

The Summer 2012 issue covers:   A report entitled "Unequal Treatment for Kidney Patients in Europe" which can be downloaded from European Kidney Patients' Federation website:;  Two wonderful stories of how the gift of life makes such a difference - "Dad donates kidney to save daughter's life" and "Baby joy for world first triple transplant mum";  Update on plans for National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden.   Many IKA events are also covered in reports and photographs including - "5 Nations Golf Tournament";  "Punchestown Kidney Research Fund Charity Race 2010";  "Organ Donor Awareness Week" and many others.                                              


The Spring 2012 issues carries a full report by Mark Murphy, Chief Executive of the IKA on the record statistics for organ donation and transplantation in 2011.


The Winter 2011 issue of Support Magazine carried the full interview with Mr. David Hickey, Director of Transplantation at Beaumont Hospital, which appeared in the Irish Medical Times following his recent lifetime achievemnt award. 

Also featured is the recently published External Review of Transplant Services in Ireland.


The Autumn 2011 edition of Support Magazine carries a full report on the European data on organ donation and transplantation.  It also features a report and photographs from the Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving which took place in Dublin in October, as well as reports and photographs from the Run for a Life fundraising event, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and the regular reports from the regions.

The Summer 2011 edition of Support Magazine covers the Lord Mayor's Awards, lots of photographs from the Women's MiniMarathon held in June and carries a very interesting article by Mike Kelly, entitled "Yes We Can". This edition of the magazine also includes a pullout feature on the 18th World Transplant Games. The Chief Executive of the IKA gives some encouraging statistics about organ donation in the first half of 2011.

The Spring 2011 issue of Support Magazine announces details of the new Organ Donor ECard, gives up to date statistics about organ donation in Ireland in 2010 and, as always, features interesting stories from around the country.

Christmas and new year greetings and some very interesting stories relating to organ donation in the Winter 2010 edition of Support Magazine.


The Autumn edition of Support Magazine once again carries various stories relating to organ donation and transplantation including a very comprehensive report and commemorative review of the very successful 6th European Transplant Games recently held in Dublin.  It also marks the 25th anniversary of the Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving which will be held on November 6th and will be attended by President Mary McAleese.

This edition also carries a special feature on "Writing to your Donor's Family" by Senior Transplant Co-ordinator, Phyllis Cunningham and, as always, Support Magazine features reports from the Irish Kidney Association Branches from around the country.

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 Summer Edition of Support Magazine


Support Magazine for  Spring 2010 covers this year's Organ
Donor Awareness Week as well as reports from World Kidney Day and many other events.

 The Winter edition (2009)  carried the results of a very interesting 3 year survey of university students on Transplantation, Multi-Organ Donation & Presumed Consent.  The most common answer for not carrying a card was that the individual had not formalised a decision.  Other reasons for not completing a donor consent card are that they "never thought of it" or "got around to it".  The survey also suggested that many in this age group may not seriously consider the possibility of an early death.  (page 8)

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