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GAA to help Irish Blood Transfusion Service recruit 2,500 new donors before the end of the year – to offset reduced donations due to restrictions on many female donors

The GAA today is calling on it’s members to support it’s community programme partners Irish Blood Transfusion Service as it aims to maintain blood supplies to Irish hospitals in the face of reduced donations due to the temporary restrictions currently in place for women who had previously donated since June 2014.

IBTS needs to replace 2,500 deferred donors across 200 donation clinics between today and the year end.

If GAA clubs can recruit 13 new donors who have never given blood before (male or female) for each clinic each day, it will be a fantastic help to IBTS to address the potential current shortages.


What do clubs need to do? 

Prior to any clinics in a locality, the IBTS Area Manager will contact club secretaries in their area. They will be asking you to promote awareness of the clinics and encourage your club members who have never considered giving blood before, to do so.

To promote relevant clinics, the IBTS will provide a specific content for the club to post on it’s social media in addition to a suggested email / text that can be circulated to club members.

It is hoped in the near future that the issue preventing many women donating is solved – but even when it is, it is expected more women than previously will be deferred due to lower haemoglobin level readings. Thus IBTS will need to continue recruiting new donors in 2016 to meet weekly collection requirements.

GAA CLUBS - Please CLICK HERE and search by county to find your clubs nearest upcoming clinic!


You can also contact your county area manager by telephone where they can advise of your nearest upcoming clinic:

Aisling O'Brien, Dublin & Donegal Area (Tel: 01 432 2996).
Catherine Hughes, Ardee and Midlands (Tel: 041 685 9994).
Miriam O'Neill, South East Region (Tel: 059 913 2125).
Ann O'Donovan, Cork and South West (Tel: 021 480 7400).
Aileen Browne, Limerick & Midlands (Tel: 061 306 980).
Carmel McNamara, Western Region (Tel: 093 70832).


For more information about this initative email us at:

National Blood Centre, James's Street, Dublin 8.       Tel: 00 353 1 4322800       Fax: 00 353 1 4322930