Donor Martin Doyle has given three hundred units of his blood in regular visits to Pelican House for thirty years.

Martin Doyle started going to the Blood Bank in 1958 and in 1969 he volunteered for a project that has saved the lives of two thousand babies

He is such a frequent visitor to Pelican House that there is a glass specially reserved for his glass of Guinness.

Joking about his record number of donations Martin says he may need to renegotiate his fee. 

With rhesus negative blood type when Martin Doyle gets an injection of rhesus positive, his body begins to manufacture positive antibodies. These are extracted from his plasma and then freeze dried. When injected into the rhesus mother, her immunity system is fooled into thinking she has positive antibodies and these do not effect the embryo. 

Dr Terry Walsh of the Blood Transfusion Service explains that before the project was established in 1969, babies were born with severe anaemia and jaundice. Approximately one hundred babies were stillborn every year. The availability of anti D immunoglobulin has virtually eliminated these problems.

Martin Doyle is one of fifty other donors participating in producing nine thousand doses of the antibodies every year. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 March 1989. The reporter is George Devlin.