“GOOD HEALTH KNOWS NO BORDERS”: BRINGING THE IRON GAMES TO IRELAND

Friday 20 September 2019, The Iron Games grand finale was held at the prestigious Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. 

Over the past few months, UK based Irish Construction Firms have competed, head to head to see who will take home the Iron Cups for four sporting tournaments: Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and golf. This time, UK firms competed with Irish construction firms to see who would be crowned the winner of the UK vs Ireland competition. 

The Iron Games 2018 and 2019 have been in aid of Haemochromatosis UK and the Grand Finale in Croke Park brought UK and Ireland together, also raising money for the Irish Haemochromatosis Association. 

Haemochromatosis/GH is a genetic disorder causing the body to absorb excessive iron from the diet. Characterised by joint pain and disease, chronic fatigue and weakness, cognitive and psychological difficulties, sexual health issues, skin problems, abnormal liver function, diabetes, and cardiomyopathy. 

Among some of the well-known construction companies who will be participating and supporting the event through donations are BAM Construction, Toureen, Mastersons Holdings/Getjar, Dornan Engineering, Kiernan Structural Steel Ltd., Tide Construction, Oliver Connell, Gael Form Ltd., King & Moffatt, Winthrop Engineering, McGarrell Reilly, Oran Precast, Tide Construction, Vision Ltd. and Suir Engineering. 

On the day, matches kicked off at 2pm, with two groups running concurrently playing 7-a-side 25-minute matches. Although all teams were brilliant, winners of the Iron Games finals at Croke were Toureen Group. Well done all teams who played so hard to win and thank you to all donors and supporters of The Iron Games. 

The Irish Haemochromatosis Association is delighted to be part of the inaugural Iron Games Ireland…This is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise not just funds but increase nationwide awareness of haemochromatosis in Ireland. To be part of a national event in the hallowed grounds of GAA sports in Croke Park is such a privilege and an honour. We would like to thank all our sponsors and donors, our players and the Construction Industry Federation for their heartfelt support of Iron Games Ireland.”Miriam Forde, Executive Director, Irish Haemochromatosis Association 

“We were excited to bring the Iron Games to Ireland, in partnership with the Irish Haemochromatosis Association. Good health knows no borders; by working together we are able to raise awareness of haemochromatosis as well as the much-needed funds to progress our shared, vital work in both UK and Ireland.” – Neil McClements, Chief Executive, Haemochromatosis UK 

Plans are that The Iron Games will be even bigger next year with hopes to raise more money and give more companies a chance to be crowned the winners and take home iron cups for: golf, hurling, soccer and Gaelic football. 

If you want to get involved, get in touch via: games@ironoverload.org.uk