Meet our families

Some of the thousands of families we’ve helped have kindly decided to share their experiences.

The O’Sullivan Family, Co. Wexford

“Now we’re in The Ronald McDonald House we can bring the kids up and spend time with them too, we’d be lost without it, the support from The Ronald McDonald House has been brilliant. We may still worry about Shay, but at least we don’t have to worry about Holly-May and Sam anymore”
Patrick & Fran O’Sullivan

Ryan Family, Co. Cork

“A place like this allows you to parent your other children… because when your child is in the ICU, you don’t parent, you flitter in and out and you kind of sit there. The Ronald McDonald House gives you a sense of normal in the most abnormal situation and it becomes your normal. You find yourself going out for day trips and saying ‘We’ll go home’.
Sandra Ryan, Co. Cork

“We were, I suppose lucky and unlucky that we knew a couple whose daughter had the exact same condition and they told us about The Ronald McDonald House. It’s like a little comfort blanket for us, really. It’s somewhere to go at the end of the day.”
Brendan Ryan, Co. Cork

The Noone Family, Co. Galway

When our daughter Madison was born in June 2016 we knew we would be spending the first few months of her life in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.

One of our worries as someone coming to Dublin from Galway with no family in the area was where will we stay to be close to Madison. Then we learned of The Ronald McDonald House. Our prayers were answered.

The Ronald McDonald House isn’t just a room  to sleep at night. It’s a wonderful place with amazing staff and volunteers who are always there to help in anyway they can. It’s somewhere to go when you need a break from the hospital environment but still close enough that you’re only a few minutes away if you’re needed.

When people hear that we’ve been here for nearly 9 months, they ask how we have remained so positive. The answer is and always will be because of the people we’ve met in the House along with the lifelong friends we’ve made. The nightly ritual of meeting in the dining area catching up with everyone and having a laugh over cups and cups of tea and coffee makes the next day a bit easier.

We really will never be able to thank everyone involved in the organisation for all they do. It truly is a wonderful place for so many families at such a hard time in our lives.

  The Waters-Moran Family, Co. Mayo

Having a baby is a beautiful experience. Our 3rd child Shannon, was born in Co. Mayo on June 3rd 2016. While her birth was beautiful, it was also filled with fear, anxiety and total helplessness. Shannon was transferred to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Co Dublin straight after being born as she has a an extremely serious heart condition. Shortly after being discharged myself and my partner Pat made our way to Dublin. The nurses in the hospital informed us about The Ronald McDonald House. It truly is a Home from Home. Being so far away from our other two children, family and friends was an emotionally draining and very lonely time. Having The Ronald McDonald House has been an absolute life saver. We could have our other children up at weekends and family and friends could visit. The staff are so friendly and do an amazing job supporting you through the difficult times. The Families we met there gave us hope, help and friendship. We all support one another. Shannon is currently 8 months old and has never been home. Without The Ronald McDonald House, we would never have managed emotionally or financially. I really just can’t praise the staff enough. The House has such a relaxed environment, which is just what you need after a long tiring day in the hospital. Volunteers also come in daily to cook meals for all the families, such incredible, selfless people who like to help. The Ronald McDonald House will be top of our list for any fundraising we do in the future. Thank you so much guys.

Author : Maria Water-Moran

 Sibling Story

My name is Sarah Crawford. I am 8 years old. I live in Letterkenny Co Donegal. My brother Barry Crawford is 12 years old. Since he was born he must go to Crumlin hospital a lot. When he is in hospital my Mum stays with him and my Dad and I stay at home during the week. At the weekend when we go to Crumlin my dad and I stay in Ronald McDonald House. It is just like home

Because it is like a house with bedrooms, bathroom, and even your own kitchen. There is a playroom there and I met loads of others boys and girls there. People come in and make dinner for everyone. It was just like home because sometimes my mum would make dinner and I would help with the washing up. All the people that work there are really nice and funny. No one is ever lonely there. When Barry is feeling ok he is allowed over to The House for a few hours and I really like that. One Christmas Barry had to stay in hospital and we had to stay in The Ronald McDonald House. Jenny showed me where Santa came in through the roof because there is no chimney in the house. He came in through a trapdoor. He did leave me loads of presents outside my bedroom door. The best thing about it was we were all together as a family and that is what is so special.

Thank you everyone in Ronald McDonald House

Sarah Crawford

Author : Sarah Crawford