Paula Williams Doyle
Paula Williams Doyle
Roscommon , Parents Annie (MacDonald) & Bernard Doyle, both still living in where Paula grew up, in Ballyfermot.
Grandparents Ned & Christina MacDonald, Drimnagh Dublin, they were from.
also Agnes & James Doyle they were from Inchicore Dublin.
I studied schooling in Dominican Convent Primary and Secondary.
Went to college as a mature student, student in AIT, Honours Degree in Social Care.
I lived in many places before i settled in Scramoge Roscommon, in 2008. I have been and lived in New York, London and Romania. Yes Romania.
I moved to Roscommon to get away really and a fresh start after losing my Son Saba. Saba was only a few months old, I am a foster parent and he was a foster son.
I have three boys, Rory Brian and James.
New York was my first trip away, I spent a few months there. My grandfather was born there, grandfather MacDonald, in New York the Bronx.
I came home, then went to London for a year. Back to Dublin, for a good while, before I went to Romania.
All the news around this time was about the collapse of Communism. All the news was about this, and I was hearing stories about the Orphanages.
I fell in love, I stayed a year. When I came home, I was organising my trip back. I knew then what I wanted to do. I stayed the next time a year and a half. I studied and became a Social Care Worker.
I did work in Lyons Tea, before, they were very kind to me. They gave me the leave of absence, to go to Romania.
I had 6 great years there, i worked in the canteen all great people, always great crack.
The regime in collapsed back in 1989, in 1991 the news about orphanages came about as the light shone on the former communist countries.
I loved the country and the people. I was in Nicoresti in Romania.
I am having a Ball in Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone, for a worthy cause, Barretstown. Let me tell you how it came about. I told you I lost a son at a very young age. It was thanks to Barrettes Town great Bereavement Camp, i have gotten my life back on track. You can say they gave me my soul back.
Young Saba lost his life in 2007, only 4months old.
It was just by chance somebody put me in touch with Barretstown. They have a bereavement camp, or 3 camps that you would do over a year, as you progress.
Grieving a tough on anybody and a whole family, and people grieve in their own way individually. Everybody has their own way. The whole family experience it in there own way.
but i cannot speak highly enough of Barretstown. when someone asked me what i was doing this year for my 50th. I thought to myself, I wasn't to bothered about material things, why not use it for a good reason.
The Ball is all for Barretstown, I call it ''The Celebration Of Life Ball''.
I have a small committee of people helping me Catherine Gallagher and Suzanne Doyle, both sisters, and cousin, Jackie Doyle.
The ball is on the 29th, of April. a champagne reception, the band the Hebegebes
will be playing. A 3 course meal, all tickets 50 euro.
Im hoping to get near 300 , there is not far off a 170 already going, people from all around the country, and form out of ireland too. also speeches about Barretstown , and their great work.
I am great music lover, everything except heavy metal, and I have been known to sing too, rythym and blues, I have been asked to sing at weddings and funerals, I sing soprano.
Whatever you do , do what makes you happy, and give it a 100 percent. no matter how long or short it is, love it to its fullest