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From left to right: Michael Noonan, Derek Cummins, Ian Bradley, secretary, and PJ Gallagher, patron and volunteer, of Blood Bike East.

Group of motorcycle enthusiasts deliver blood and tissue samples and essential supplies to hospitals out of hours for free

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