Ed O’Malley, Chairman, Round Towers GAA Club.

Did you know a single blood donation from one person can save up to three people’s lives?

One in four of us will require a blood donation in our lifetime, with 67% of all blood donated used for cancer related illnesses.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) holds a two-day blood donation clinic in Clondalkin, three to four times a year to help with their blood supply.

They rely on donors coming together in their local community to enable them to supply hospitals nationwide on a daily basis.

However, a higher demand from hospitals in recent months means the blood supply across all blood groups is much lower than the target seven days they need.

The summer period is traditionally a very challenging time for the blood supply with people changing their routines while the kids are off school, and in addition many people travelling abroad which results in a significant drop in donations.

Often for many donors, there are further restrictions on giving blood after they travel to certain areas.

A spokesperson from the IBTS told Dublin Gazette they are hoping the local community will help them once again.

“We would like to thank all the donors in Clondalkin that have contributed to an increase of 58% in donations from their community in the last three years, and ask all donors in the Clondalkin area to make a special effort to attend our Clinic in the Green Isle Hotel on Wednesday 12th 3-5pm & 7-9pm, and Thursday 13th June 5-8.30pm.

Donors should check their eligibility at www.giveblood.ie using the quick eligibility quiz or call 1850 731 137 if you have any queries.