Jennifer and Jack Barry raise a cone for Ice Cream Fundays

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Actor Jennifer Barry along with her brother Jack kicked off Down Syndrome Ireland’s Ice Cream Fundays week.

The siblings have experienced at first hand the support of the organisation throughout Jack’s life.   

On Ireland AM today, the Young Offenders actress urged others should get involved with the Ice Cream Fundays campaign. 

“My brother Jack has Down syndrome… basically my brother Jack is my best friend. He is one in a million. He’s the kindest soul. We’re especially looking forward to Ice Cream Fundays, which is all this week… It’s a great way to raise money for the charity because it’s a non-profit organisation and you get ice cream!” 

Jennifer is currently starring in the fourth season of Young Offenders, while Jack works with Cork County Council as well as performing in theatre too. He has praised the work of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Cork branch, where he avails of supports at the Field of Dreams facility. 

 Speaking to Down Syndrome Ireland, Jennifer added that she is delighted to ‘give back’ to the organisation.  

“We’ve been very lucky to avail of the services of Down Syndrome Ireland since Jack was born. Jack is now 29 and eve still we’re working very closely with the charity, so to be asked to come on board is an honour.  

It’s nice to be working even more closely with the organisation. We would love to give back in some way and continue that relationship. To us it’s a huge honour, I’ve worked with Down Syndrome Ireland for many years, doing different fundraisers.” 

Jennifer and Jack join other notable names such as TV chef Gina Daly and her son Gene in supporting the Ice Cream Fundays Campaign.  

Megan Roantree, Senior Communications Executive at Down Syndrome Ireland said: “It’s brilliant to work with Jennifer and Jack at Down Syndrome Ireland. Both speak so passionately and enthusiastically about the work that we do, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to help promote this campaign.”