Kilcullen man James dedicates gold medal to his late father Andy

Kilucllen butcher James Nolan won a gold medal in golf at the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa yesterday, August 2.

Kilucllen butcher James Nolan won a gold medal in golf at the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa yesterday, August 2.

And he dedicated the win to his later father Andy who passed away just a two months ago.

James, who received a kidney transplant more than 20 years ago from his sister won a gold medal yesterday in the golf singles event (age category 40-49 years) just two days after securing a silver medal in the golf team event with fellow Transplant Team Ireland athlete Brian Carney.

The multi-award winning butcher said he was “absolutely delighted. I kept my head in the game and I’m happy that I achieved this for my family including my kidney donor sister Catherine, my wife Emma and new-born son Andrew James, my mother Ann, and my late father Andy who encouraged me to play golf.

“It’s been a tough year for the family with the loss of my father who suffered a long illness. I feel my father was watching over me today and on Tuesday when I won silver.

“He was passionate about golf throughout his life and played at the Curragh. He helped me the whole way around the course today.

“I spoke to my mother, Ann, over the phone just after my win today and she was overcome with emotion.”

James has been a member of Transplant Team Ireland, which is managed by the Irish Kidney Association, since 2002 and has attended every European and World Transplant Games since 2008.

Before returning home to Ireland with the team on Monday, 5th August, James has two more events to participate in the World Games, the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay races.

James said “It’s been a tremendous Games experience and I would like to acknowledge the support of all my Irish teammates as well as those people who have worked in the background over the years and helped to build on the team’s performance and success”.