Our Charity

Our Charity

Our charity is the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.

The Gift of Life

James Nolan, yes Butcher James now 44 years of age had progressive renal failure from birth. For the first 19 years of his life he spent much of his time in hospital and had extensive medical treatments. In November 1986 at the age of 19 James was put on dialysis in the Meath Hospital, Dublin.In April 1987, the Nolan family began to consider the possibility of a transplant and various tissue tests were carried out to determine suitability of a donor within the family. His sister Catherine was found to be 100% compatible as a kidney donor and volunteered to donate one of her kidneys. Both Catherine and James then needed to prepare for the operation. For James everything was controlled through his dialysis unit in the Meath Hospital. For Catherine, this included an intensive period of final testing. Once fully recovered, he decided to ‘put something back’ and approached The Punchestown Race Course and The Turf Club about the idea of a charity race. To date €1.2 million has been raised for various kidney related projects.

See The PKRF Website for more details

In the picture are: Michael O’Leary of Ryanair with Darren Cawley, Mick Dwyer, James Nolan, Sonia Treacy, Michael & Garret McBride