Wexford father urges ailing people to go to Lourdes
a Wexford man whose life has been blighted by cancer is calling on people to help those who are suffering to travel to Lourdes.
William Berry, from Corish Park, and his wife Margaret lost their 30-year-old daughter Mary to cervical cancer in July 2015.
He described the upheaval that occurred in their lives when his youngest child left behind a loving family including two young children.
'It's not easy to lay your child to rest.
'When we go to be at night our bodies rest, but our minds never sleep,' he said.
Just two years previously, his other daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
When doctors told her that removing the tumour would result in her requiring a wheelchair, she decided not to have the operation.
'She received treatment in St Luke's Hospital in Dublin and now in recovery,' said William.
Before losing his youngest daughter, William promised her that he would do something to help those affected by cancer.
Her final wish has encouraged him to support for the Ferns Diocesan Lourdes Draw, which helps sick pilgrims to travel to Lourdes.
Tickets for the Lourdes Draw are currently on sale through the Ferns Diocesen committee.
Ninety invalids will travel on the 49th Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Fr Denis Brennan, when it takes place from May 17 to 22.
If you are interested in travelling with the Pilgrimage, please contact O'Leary Travel, Enniscorthy, on at 053 9233178.