Launch of Iron Games Ireland 2019 in Croke Park

Iron Games Ireland 2019 has just been officially launched in Croke Park, an event that will raise vital funds to build awareness of haemochromatosis, Ireland's most common genetic disorder. Well-known Irish construction companies will compete in two sporting events in Croke Park and The K Club. All proceeds will be in aid of the Irish Haemochromatosis Association.

Already a success in terms of fundraising for 2019, the inaugural Iron Games Ireland 2019 will bring together construction company teams from across the country to compete for the Perpetual Iron Games Cup in Gaelic Football in Croke Park on Friday, 20th September and in the Iron Games Golf tournament at the K Club on Friday, 27th September this year.

Gaelic football All-Star, David Beggy, who has volunteered with the IHA for over 15 years chaired a Question & Answers session as part of the launch, with fellow GAA All stars Barney Rock and Jack O’Shea. David, along with David Gough, will also referee the Iron Games 2019 in Croke Park on Friday 20th September and said;

“The Iron Games is coming to Ireland this year for the very first time and my job on and off the pitch is to raise awareness of haemochromatosis and encourage people to get checked by their GP if they show early symptoms of iron overload.”

Margaret Mullett, Chairperson of the IHA added that diagnosis of Haemochromatosis is crucial as it is more common in Ireland than anywhere in the world. It is essential that we do all in our power to ensure that no Irish person goes undiagnosed or is left untreated.

Among some of the well-known construction companies who will be participating and supporting the event through donations are BAM, Toureen, Mastersons/Getjar, Dornan Engineering, Kiernan Structural Steel Ltd., Tide Construction, Vision, Oliver Connell, Gael Form Ltd, King & Moffatt, Winthrop Engineering, McGarrell Reilly, Oran Precast and Suir Engineering. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has come behind the Games and supported the IHA in making our first year of the Games a success!

The Construction Industry Federation has partnered with the Irish Haemochromatosis Association to bring the innovative Iron Games to Ireland for the first time. Thanks to Tom Parlon, CEO, Construction Industry Federation, Shane Dempsey and Robbie Cousins at the CIF for all their wonderful help. The Iron Games Tournament in Ireland will raise essential funds to assist in its life-saving work and help promote health, wellness and engagement amongst construction company staff.

The Irish Haemochromatosis Association encourages people who are suffering from symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, diabetes, irregular heartbeat and enlarged liver to consult their GP. A simple blood test to check a patient’s iron status can confirm or rule out iron overload. Once diagnosed, treatment is simple with regular removal of blood, similar to donating blood. Early detection is vital for sufferers to avoid organ damage and achieve a normal life expectancy.

Plans are already afoot to stage the games in 2020, when all companies will be invited to participate and make a real difference to the treatments for this disorder. For more information on the Games, contact us on info@haemochromatosis-ir.com or miriamaforde@gmail.com