Letterkenny mum Clíona Marley is one of the driving forces behind Organ Donor Awareness Week, having underwent a successful heart transplant in 2014.

Her children Zoe, Féile and Mollie, also took part in the awareness campaign alongside broadcaster Claire Byrne.

Zoe, Féile and Mollie Marley from Letterkenny with broadcaster Claire Byrne at the Mansion House in Dublin for the National Launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2018. Their Mother Clíona underwent a successful Heart Transplant in 2014.

In 2017 Ireland recorded a record number of organ donors and transplants, which saw 311 transplants from 150 donors.

Clíona Marley from Letterkenny and other Heart and Lung Transplant recipients representing the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association at the National Launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2018 with Broadcaster Claire Byrne.

Launching the awareness week, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD says: “I wish Organ Donor Awareness Week every success and want to thank everyone involved for their efforts in making this week possible.

“I know the importance of this initiative in raising awareness nationally, ultimately resulting in more people getting the all-important call that an organ match has been found for them.”

Claire Byrne (Broadcaster) and Mollie Marley from Letterkenny

The key message of Organ Donor Awareness Week is that families need to talk to each other about organ donation and keep the reminders of their willingness to donate visible by carrying the organ donor card and permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s license.

Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association tel. 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also find them on their website www.ika.ie/card