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Kilcock Teenager Grateful For Second Chance Following Kidney Transplant

By Robert Cox  | April 30th 2020

“I couldn’t believe when the voice at the other end of the phone told me they had a kidney for me. I went around the house screaming at one in the morning. I was terrified”

These are unprecedented times we live in. We have now spent a number of weeks in lockdown due to the CoronaVirus pandemic that has swept throughout the world.

Many of us are busy making plans for what we will do when things return to some kind of normality, some of us are taking time out to reflect on things in our life to date, while others are keeping busy with activities such as running and gym work; Kilcock teenager Paul Byrne is one such person, except in his case he is doing all of the aforementioned above.

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However Paul’s case is slightly different from the vast majority of us, lockdown hasn’t brought about that much change in his life, well certainly his life since November 2019, when the former Kilcock Celtic underage goalkeeper underwent a major Kidney Transplant Operation, that has since had him in isolation and lockdown long before it became fashionable!

There is no doubting that any operation can be life changing and in Paul’s case the change has certainly been for the better. Those closest to him will not have been one bit surprised to see Paul back doing what he loves, his gym work, as early as January. And it would have come as no surprise to them either that he now looks to the future with great optimism, even in these difficult times.

Paul (19) from Royal Meadows Kilcock, is the 3rd son of four children, with Danny and Alan ahead of him in terms of age and his younger sister Cara making up the quartet for parents John and Noeleen.

Paul’s earliest memories of his kidney problems came from his regular trips to Temple Street Hospital for check ups after his mam Noeleen found out from the early stages of his life that he would eventually one day require a transplant; “My mam found out when I was quite young that one of my kidneys was in bad state. I was on medication from an early age and I had to attend hospital on numerous occasions as far back as I can remember to check had the Kidney function dropped. Usually every time it did, I would encounter some problems health wise. We were told that if it ever dropped below 20% I would have to begin the process of preparing for a transplant but we didn’t know when that was going to happen.

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I was in Temple Street up until the age of sixteen before having to move and attend Beaumont Hospital. I have nothing but praise for both hospitals, who treated me very well”

Despite these complications as a youngster, Paul was always very upbeat and never let his condition get in the way of doing what he loved most, playing sport; “In terms of sport, it never affected me. I was always an active kid. I played Hurling and Gaelic Football up until the age of 7 or 8 before I concentrated solely on playing in goals for Kilcock Celtic, where I went on to win plenty of finals and cups before stopping a couple of years ago over fears of getting a bad hit on my kidney. I enjoyed every minute of my journey through sport at underage”

 

After hanging up the goalie gloves, Paul didn’t rest on his laurels and quickly found a new love, joining his local gym in January 2019, to work on his strength and conditioning; “I joined the gym here in Kilcock in January 2019 and took to it like a duck to water. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was getting help how to build my muscle mass. After the first few days, I found I was flying at it and was really beginning to see results as the months passed. As well as the physical aspect of the working out, I felt it was having a great impact on me mentally and I was feeling as well as I had in a long time”

However, in June 2019 Paul was put on Dialyisis and so began his journey towards having the transplant; “I was brought in and hooked up to a big machine. It was a one day procedure and I had a little tube inserted into me to allow fluid to be taken out and put in. After this procedure I was upset that I couldn’t go to the gym for a while. I couldn’t do my compound lifts, squats, bench or deadlifts for fear that I would tear the wound open. I always had plasters on to protect the wound so it became a bit of a challenge when wasing for example because I couldn’t get soap or shampoo near the wound, so it was always a long process in getting ready for the shower”

Been unable to do certain lifts wasn’t to deter Paul from continuing his workouts though, so given his determination, he found alternatives; “I found loads of new exercises and began to work on areas like my lower back and glutes and this helped me a good bit. I was at this routine for about three months and then I got a call to say I had been put on the waiting list for my transplant”

At this stage it was late September or early October 19 and as it turned out Paul wouldn’t be on the waiting list for too long; “I think I was only on the waiting list for about four weeks from the time I was told I was on it. Which is amazing, some people can be on it for years. I was thrilled, I couldn’t believe it. I genuinely felt I’d be on the list for years to come. From the moment I went on the waiting list it all became a bit real and it was pretty scary knowing that I could get the call any day but I tried to get on with my life as normal but it was always in the back of my mind”

As it turns out the the former Scoil Dara student didn’t have to wait too long for that call to say that the hospital had found a match; “I went in for my transplant on November 5th 2019 and it was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through. The call literally happened out of nowhere. I couldn’t believe when the voice at the other end of the phone told me they had a kidney for me. I went around the house screaming at one in the morning. I was terrified. We had to kick into gear and rush to the hospital.

When we got to the hospital I had to undergo all blood tests etc and I was once again terrified for my life. I felt all along that I would be ready when the day came but nothing prepares you. The rest of that day is a bit of a blur between one thing or another but I certainly remember waking up from the operation. I was sore everywhere”

Paul spent a week in hospital after the operation and recalls the pain he felt in the first few days; “As I said already, I was sore everywhere. I had a couple of large incisions and I just kept looking at them, I found it hard to move and they hurt when I did. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself but after a few days I just began to feel extremely grateful and to this day I know how lucky I am. I know some people who are still on dialysis after like ten years so for me to get it done so quickly, I will be forever grateful”

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Given that the gym had become such a big part of his life in the year up to the operation, Paul became a bit dispondent when he was told he would have to stay away from the gym for at least three months; “Yeah I was a bit upset alright that I couldn’t go back to the gym for at least three months, which upon reflection is probably a bit silly of me given the scale of the operation but that’s the way I felt at the time.

I have to be honest though, I did make a return to the gym after only a month. In my mind I felt I was fully healed and thank God I never suffered any setbacks. It was mid December when I went back and to be honest it was a nice early Christmas present to myself!

Everything about the gym helped me recovery so quickly. Just been there helped me. I wasn’t doing much but what I was doing was helping me ten fold”

After all he’s been through Paul now feels he has come out the other side with more motivation than he ever had. He knows how lucky he is and is grateful for that. Now when he goes to the gym he has something to push him on even more; “The gym makes me feel so good and when I’m working out I sometimes take a look down at my scars and it pushes me on to work harder. I think back to where I was and how scared I was for my life and as I said already I feel grateful. Obviously it’s early doors and I’m still a bit skinny and I am trying to build myself up some more. But it’s a challenge I relish.

There are some things I still can’t eat like grapefruits but that’s a small price to pay. Outside of the gym, I look at my scars every morning when I get out of bed and it just helps me to say Ohh I can do this or I can do that. I am so grateful.

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At the moment obviously all the gyms are closed but I have continued my work outs at home and I am also taking time out to reflect on what has been a whirlwind twelve months or so.

Thankfully I am out the other side of it. And I look to the future with a lot of hope. Going forward I want to put all my experiences in and out of the gym to good use and help other people to achieve their goals. I’ll be ready to get going when this current CoronaVirus pandemic passes.

I am so grateful to the family of the person who sadly lost their life a week before my transplant. I didn’t know the person who donated but I wrote a letter to their family thanking them. I will never forget them”

Summerhill Clubs Help Sona Sasta With Local Hot Lunch Deliveries

Members of Park Celtic Summerhill and Summerhill Gaa have been busy aiding local meals on wheels service Sona Sasta with deliveries during this current Covid19 crisis.

Parkceltic Summerhill fc chairman Barry Heffernan delivering a hot lunch to daily Summerhill Community Centre attendee Paul Howlett.

Summerhill based Sona Sasta provide a vital service to the local community all year round, a service greatly appreciated by all in the area. In the past couple of days the Hot Lunch Service has been extended to seven days a week.

A spokesperson for Sona Sasta spoke of the new extension; “Easter can be a difficult time when you are socially isolated. We are delighted to announce that from today (April 9th) the delivery of the daily hot lunch to our members will be extended to seven days a week.

We welcome and thank members of Summerhill Gaa and Parkceltic Summerhill FC, who will be helping with the hot lunch deliveries.

The volunteers dropping off the lunches will be happy to help our members in other ways, in particular with shopping, medication, fuel and water.

We would also like to wish our members and volunteers cocooning the very best this Easter and thank all the new volunteers who have stepped forward to help the older adults in our community during these trying times.

Keep safe and have a happy Easter”

The hot lunch is delivered daily between 12noon and 1pm and with the two clubs coming onboard to help with deliveries, everything has been running bang on time.

Kilduff nominated for June player of the month

Kilcock’s Shelbourne FC striker Ciarán Kilduff has been nominated for the SWAI and SSE Airtricity League player of the month award following some fine performances and crucial goals for the Tolka Park side in June.

Kilduff, who is the sole representative from the first division, is there on merit following goals in important games against Drogheda United and Limerick FC, as The Reds won all three games during the month, extending their winning run to seven in a row in the process.

The former Dundalk striker has also been a pivotal target man, bringing more than just his finishing prowess to Ian Morris’ league leading side. His work rate up top is immense, winning and holding up the ball on almost every attack. A perfect fit for Shelbourne as they continue their push for promotion.

The six-man shortlist for June’s SWAI Player of the Month is as follows: Danny Mandroiu (Bohemians), Sean Gannon (Dundalk) ,John Mountney (Dundalk), Ciaran Kelly (St Patrick’s Athletic), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (Derry City) and Ciaran Kilduff (Shelbourne).

Leixlip United Senior Awards Night

Leixlip United held their annual end of season ‘Senior Awards Night’ last night, Saturday June 29th, with Paul Concannon taking home the top award of Senior 1 Sunday Player of the Year.

Paul Concannon Senior 1 Sunday POTY

Senior Awards Night

Paul Concannon Player of the Year (Senior 1 Sunday)

Karl Ebbs Player of the Year (Saturday 1C)

Sean Traynor (Sunday 1 Young Player of the Year)

Graham Kiersey (Saturday Players Player)

Mark Scanlon (Top Goalscorer Sunday 1)

Cian McDonnell (Saturday 1C Young Player do the Year)‬

‪Martin Scanlon (Clubman of the Year)‬

‪With the new season starting soon, Leixlip United resume on Monday the 8th of July at 7.30pm and welcome new additions to their sides.

Thompson calls time on his role as Kilcock Celtic Chairperson

Kilcock Celtic Chairperson Shane Thompson has revealed his plans to step down from his position at the club’s upcoming AGM.

Thompson made the announcement on the club’s Faebook page over the weekend, where he also announced that he will be taking a break from his role in coaching at the club. “I will be stepping down as chairperson of the club and I will also be taking a break from coaching. After a trying year personally I made the decision to take the break”

The 2017 joint manager of the successful u16 shield winning team went on to thank a number of people at the club who helped him during his term as chairperson. “I would like to thank all committee members, both past and present, who made my tender as chair an enjoyable one of which has given me plenty of life experiences both good and bad. Also thanks to all the coaches for their time, patience and dedication, for without you the kids wouldn’t have football. Thank you to the many parents/supporters and sponsors for all the help and support”

First off Thompson is a football fan and with a bit more spare time now, the Highfield resident revealed that he still plans to attend as many games up at The Bawnouge as possible. He may have no choice if he gets under his wife Angela’ feet; “I’m sure I’ll be spotted at many a game as a supporter. Also thanks to my wife, who I abandoned on many a weekend. I’m going to be under your feet more often now”

The outgoing Chairperson went on to wish the club all the best in the future; “Best of luck to all the teams for the coming season.. Once again thank you all. Shane Thompson”

Shane Thompson – Kilcock Celtic:

•Years Chairman 2014-2019

•Coached 2001/02 group of players from u8 right up to under 17, winning 1st of two shields at under 15 in the 16/17 season and the second shield and league (the double) at under 16 in the 2017 season.

• Part of the coaching set of the club’s senior team for the 2nd half of the season as they won the Division 1/2/3 shield in the second half of 2017.

Talking privately to Shane Thompson, it was clear to see he will be a massive loss to the club, given his raw passion for them. But everyone needs a break and he owes the club nothing. No doubt he will be back involved in the future. Thompson gave a special mention to Dave Reilly, John Hill and Brendan Rooney who he coached with over the years.

His legacy as Chairperson, aside from his obvious development of youth at the club, will be how he pushed for pitch development and an improvement in the overall quality of facilities such as the gym, astro and dugouts at clubhouse.

Best of luck Shane from Robert at ExtraTimeSportLive.com and thank you for all your cooperation during your time at the helm. Whoever takes your place has big boots to fill.