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Petanque medal winners at the WTG in Malaga, Charlie Ryan (Gold) Marie O'Connor (bronze), and Lenny Ryan (bronze)

Tallaght’s Lenny wins second bronze at World Transplant Games

Tallaght athlete Lenny Ryan from Tymonville won his second  bronze medal at this years games on Tuesday in the Triples Darts event. 
The 21st World Transplant & Dialysis Games in Malaga has seen some outstanding performances from the Irish athletes this week.
Lenny’s team mates on the darts team were Cobh native Charlie Ryan who won his third medal at the games and Corkman Mike Keohane (from Roscarbery, and like Charlie is also a liver transplant recipient) and Dubliner Lenny Ryan.
Michael Dwyer, from Cabinteely (left) with Deirdre Faul, Dalkey and Lenny Ryan, Tallaght (right), pictured with Kilkenny GAA Hurling All Star Legend, Michael Fennelly
Other amazing results saw his fellow Dubliner and teammate Deirdre Faul defend and retain her world champion title in Squash giving her a sixth Gold in a row at World Transplant Games events.
Deirdre, a liver transplant recipient from Dalkey, also won Gold at the 2007 Games in Thailand, 2009 in Australia, 2011 in Sweden, 2013 in South Africa and 2015 in Argentina.
Speaking after her win Deirdre said:
“I’m delighted to get the six in a row in my 40-49 year age category.
“I want to thank my squash coach Frank Donnelly and all the squash players at my club, Old Belvedere.
“I am fourteen years transplanted this summer and I am so grateful to my donor and the donor family for making the tough decision to donate. Of course I would like to say thanks to my Dad and my sons for all their support.”
Later this week at the World Games, Deirdre, also a champion swimmer, will also take part in swimming events including 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and 100m breast-stroke.
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