A GO Fund Me page started in aid of the family of Paul Doran, the brave dad from Ballymore Eustace who drowned last week while rescuing his daughter in Australia has already raised in excess of €28,000 in just a few days.
Setting up the page Paul’s brother-in-law Brendan McDonnell said: “Tragically on 18th January we lost Paul when he drowned at Lennox Head in Australia, while together with his wife, bravely saving their children. The family were enjoying an evening in the sea in shallow waters when conditions quickly changed and they got into difficulty. Paul and Simonne quickly swung into action, getting their two boys Vann and Shay to shore, followed by their daughter Lyra.
“He leaves behind his beloved wife Simonne and adored children Vann, Lyra & Shay, parents Pat & Helen, siblings Aoife, Emma, Gavin & Sarah as well as heartbroken extended families and friends all over the world.
“Paul was 100% passionate about everything in his life particularly his family and was devoted to his children, like any parent he wanted the best for their futures. In this regard, the family moved to Australia only last July to commence an exciting new chapter in their lives and were thoroughly enjoying their new lives when the tragedy occurred.
“Please help us honour Paul by raising funds for Simonne and his children who are coping with the tragedy on the opposite side of the world at this incredibly difficult time.
“Those we have held in our arms for a short while we hold in our hearts forever.”
“Rest in Peace Paul.”
Donations made be made to HERE