Hero’s Irish father, who died saving his daughter in Australia, had ‘so many plans’

The family of hero father Paul Doran, 45, who tragically died saving his daughter’s life in Australia, said he only wanted the best for his children.

An appeal on a GoFundMe page asks donors for their “care and kindness to ensure the future Paul wanted for his family.”

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve lost Paul under such traumatic circumstances,” read an updated message on the site.

“He was so excited for the future and had so many plans for his family. If you are a parent or have children in your life then you know exactly what we mean when we say Paul wanted the best for his children.

“He appreciated their education, the sport and being involved in different activities, but also the time together as a family. And that’s exactly what they did that night when he lost his life, when he saved her.”

Mr Doran was from the Ballymore Eustace area, where he lived with his wife and children before the family moved to Australia in recent months.

Paul had worked in his family’s company in Kildare before moving to Australia in 2022.

Mr Doran drowned after trying to save his daughter who got into trouble in the water at Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head in New South Wales.

Mr Doran’s wife Simonne is said to have reached her daughter and managed to take her back to the beach and alerted the authorities.

Mr Doran was revived by rescue workers at the scene but later died.

According to the updated GoFundMe post, Paul and his wife Simonne had “found a lovely house to rent in Australia, with good schools nearby and a short commute to work so they could prioritize family time.”


The tragic Paul and his wife Simonne

“They were a two-income family paying rent, bills and schooling,” the message adds.

“Your caring and kindness ensures the future Paul wanted for his family. Your support helps with a funeral service in Australia and back home in Ireland, ensuring Paul’s family can afford flights home to do so and are surrounded by friends and family who knew and loved Paul.

“Paul and Simonne’s families are doing their best to support Simonne and the children, but it adds up quickly and we just want to give the children routine and stability over the next few months and not force their mother into difficult decisions.

“We want these kids to have the life that Paul dreamed and worked hard for them.”

So far €51,788 has been raised out of a €40,000 goal.

In the news section, people have offered their support.

One wrote: “Thinking of you Simonne. Heartfelt condolences.” Another said: “Simonne I’m so sorry and thinking of you all.”

Lennox Head resident Stuart O’Dea described it as “a true tragedy”. He said: “It was awful, it’s so sad. It’s a dangerous beach. It is dangerous. It’s just awful.”

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