There has been a rise in the number of organ transplants carried out this year, according to the Health Service Executive.

Figures from the HSE show that 250 transplants took place in 2022, an increase of 47 compared to 2021.

In total there were 119 donors - 86 deceased and 33 living organ donors.

There were 163 kidney transplants carried out, 10 heart transplants, 18 lung transplants, 51 liver transplants and eight pancreas transplants.

The number of transplants dropped to 190 in 2020 as Covid-19 affected hospital operations.

Today's figure of 250 is 24 short of the 274 transplants that took place in 2019 before the pandemic.

Clinical lead of HSE Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland Dr Catherine Motherway said: "Behind each figure are lives transformed by a transplant by virtue of the enormous generosity of families who, in the most difficult circumstances, honour their loved ones wishes by choosing to donate their organs.

"Each and every time we are humbled by the courage shown by our donor families.

"This time of year we all remember those we have lost. We hope that our donor families may find comfort and some consolation in knowing that their gift has saved and changed the lives of others."

The O'Connors from Artane in Dublin, were one family who benefitted from an organ donation this year.

Their son, Liam, has had a tough start in life. Diagnosed with kidney disease, he spent much of his five years in and out of hospital.

At home he was on dialysis six nights a week for ten hours each time.

"He was very, very sick," Liam's mother Denise said.

"He was vomiting 15, possibly up to 20 times each day at his worst."

Earlier this year he underwent a kidney transplant and it has transformed their lives.

"It's been fantastic, it just took away all the stresses," Ms O'Connor said.

"It's taken away the hospital life that we've lived for the last couple of years. It's given us back a normal life that many of us take for granted."

The Irish Kidney Association has welcomed the publication of the figures, saying it was "heartened" to hear of the increase in organ donations and transplants.

The association said it acknowledged the kindness and generosity of the 86 deceased donors and their families, who, in a time of great sorrow and personal pain, thought of those in need of an organ transplant.

It also said living donor kidney transplants have yet to return to pre-Covid levels.

It said there were 33 living kidney transplants in 2022 compared to an average of 43 in the 2015 to 2019 period.