£200,000 raised for haemochromatosis by Irish construction firms in the UK and golf joy for the Carey Group makes it a year to remember in 2019's Iron Games
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£200,000 raised for haemochromatosis by Irish construction firms in the UK and golf joy for the Carey Group makes it a year to remember in 2019's Iron Games

THE CAREY GROUP made up for a couple of near misses in other events this summer to claim the honours in this year's Iron Games. 

But the true winners were Haemochromatosis UK, who are £200,000 better off thanks to the efforts of Irish construction firms based in London and beyond.

On a day of high drama at Aldenham Golf Course, it was the Carey Group who ultimately held their nerve with the pressure on earlier this month.

Toureen Group made the early running and were striking with precision to begin with.

But the Carey Group were determined to make it count and had the steely look of champions about them from the outset, showing accuracy and efficiency in conditions far from conducive for golf.

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Paddy Donaghy and Steve Sherry from JRL. Photo: Brendan Vaughan

They had been so close throughout each competition, finding themselves in the finals on more than one occasion. But their success in the this final duel capped a memorable tournament.

Oliver Connells were joint with Toureen, with Haemochromatosis UK, Murphy Group and J Coffeys to follow.

The day was finished off with a presentation by Mark Weller and Denis Nolan of Toureen and a few words of gratitude to the players who have excelled in Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and golf throughout the tournament by Corrina Towers for HUK.

Neil McClements, Chief Executive at HUK, said: “We are grateful to everyone who took part, to help us raise funds to support people affected by this common but – sadly too often – undiagnosed genetic condition. Early diagnosis saves lives – and every diagnosis starts with awareness.”

Iron overload

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The Iron Games is a four-part sporting tournament which sees Irish construction firms in the UK take part to raise awareness of iron overload.

It is a genetic condition that causes the body to absorb an excessive amount of iron from the diet, which can then build up to toxic, sometimes fatal, levels.

It is particularly prevalent amongst people of Celtic heritage. The Iron Games organising committee would like to thank all volunteers and sponsors including The Irish Post, Cara Stationery, Irish in Britain, Martin Lavelle and Bulk Transfer who transported the Iron Games promotional trailer.

Teams competing in this year’s events were from J.Murphy & Sons Ltd, JRL Group, ECL Civil Engineering Ltd, Oliver Connell & Sons Ltd, Carey Group, Ground Construction Ltd, JB Structures Ltd, J.Coffey Construction Ltd, Toureen Group and HUK.  If any companies wish to participate in Iron Games 2020 please get in touch with [email protected] co.uk