A Co Westmeath woman is celebrating her 70th birthday by sowing seeds across Dublin city to fundraise for Syrian refugees.

Eileen Boyle is wheeling her wheelbarrow along a 20km route of Dublin city centre.

She is sowing 70,000 flower seeds and hopes to raise €7,000 for refugees living in camps in Lebanon.

Eileen Boyle is wheeling her wheelbarrow along a 20km route of Dublin city centre

She has previously visited camps in Lebanon and Calais as a member of The Irish Syria Solidarity Movement. 

"When you're there you really see that people are neglected. They’re malnourished. They’re neglected. They’ve vacant looks in their eyes. They’re hungry. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see the conditions.

"It's amazing how much difference a little basic help and compassion can make.

"The money we raise will go directly to Multi Aid Programs’ services for refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. They provide food boxes for families and protect them from the threat of Covid-19. 

"For example, a €50 donation will provide a family of four with staple foods and protective supplies for a week," she said.

The septuagenarian has set up a GoFundMe page with proceeds going to Multi Aid Programs’ services for refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.