Castlerea duo in charity swim for Cork child

Two Roscommon people are taking part in a charity swim next Saturday in aid of a child who has moved to the Netherlands to be treated with cannabis.

Cork girl Ava Barry suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, which can be treated with cannabis oil.

The drug is illegal in Ireland, so she’s relocated to Holland with her parents, while the rest of her family are being supported by loved ones in Cork.

A campaign to raise funds for Ava’s care is ongoing, with nearly €47,000 raised so far.

Next Saturday, Peter Russell, from Ballinlough, and Shirley Murray, from Castlerea, are taking part in a charity swim at Salthill at 2pm as a fundraiser.

Joe Malone, who lives at Ballintubber west Roscommon, is campaigning for medicinal cannabis to be legalised in Ireland and says Ava has benefit significantly from the drug.