People in the Northern Sound Region are being encouraged to become blood donors

People in the Shannonside/Northern Sound region are being encouraged to make donating blood their New Year resolution.

Clinics took place this week in Roscommon with other clinics scheduled to Cavan next week.

Currently stocks are at a reasonable level but the hospital trolley crisis can often put extra pressure on blood stocks.

Carmel McNamara is the manager of the blood donations service for the wider Tuam area.

She says there is just a few key things to remember if you are thinking of becoming a blood donor: