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Wednesday 11 December 2019

'All we're lacking is the sunshine' - Victoria 'blissful' after LA move

Victoria Smurfit, Fighting Blindness ambassador, and her daughter Evie Baxter. Photo: Shane O'Neill/SON Photographic
Victoria Smurfit, Fighting Blindness ambassador, and her daughter Evie Baxter. Photo: Shane O'Neill/SON Photographic
Victoria Smurfitc with Paschal Donohoe. Photo: SON Photographic

Victoria Smurfit said that she is "absolutely delighted to be closer to Dublin" after moving from LA to the UK.

The actor, best known for playing detective Roisin Connor on ITV crime drama Trial & Retribution in the noughties said that she will be visiting Dublin this Christmas after her move to Surrey in England. "I'm absolutely delighted to be closer to Dublin," she said.

"It's great. I'm loving it. I'm loving being able to go and see family down the road so it's quite blissful.

"I'm sure we'll be over in Dublin over Christmas. I'm shooting here for the next couple of weeks as well so it's fantastic, it's a win all round.

"All we're lacking is sunshine," she said.

Victoria, who is a Fighting Blindness ambassador, yesterday joined Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, at the Retina charity's 2019 annual gathering of some of the foremost minds in vision research, which continues in Dublin today.

It brings together scientists and clinicians from all over the world to share knowledge on global research efforts and technologies to find treatments and cures for sight loss, and she will give the keynote address today.

Disease

The star's daughter, Evie (15), has Stargardt disease, a rare genetic form of retinal degeneration which causes progressive loss of vision.

For Victoria, it is important that we have greater understanding of the different types of sight loss and of the positive research strides being made.

The Ifta award-winning star said that she has not given up on finding a cure for her daughter's disease.

"I'm a firm believer in hope and possibility, and having had a lot of different conversations with a lot of the clinicians here in Dublin, it's definitely going in the right direction," the 45-year-old said.

"We can see that when the research is done and the trials are done, there is a solution. So the process works.

"It's so encouraging to see that while there are different conditions to my daughter's, there have been cures to similar blindness conditions and there is a cure on the horizon," she added.

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