Brendan McArdle from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, is advertising and marketing manager with The Irish Field and a well-known RTÉ radio and Sky show-jumping commentator.

In June of this year, he faced a huge decision – whether to donate a kidney to his younger brother, Colin, who had already been on dialysis for over three years because of kidney disease. Tests had shown that he was the only match in the family.