Wicklow Abroad – Róisín Toomey Donard/Glen
Name: Roisin Toomey
Town/Village: The grand little town of Donard
Now Living: Sydney, Australia
How long have you been living there?
10 years this August
Reason For Leaving Ireland:
I wanted to walk the beach to get everywhere – like in Home & Away….. Home & Away lied!! Sydney traffic is torture!
Thing you miss the most:
Walking the hills! Although I wouldn’t recommend walking them hungover with no water, eating snow the whole way up 🙊
Person you miss the Most:
Paddy & Maura Toomey
Best thing about your new home:
The good weather and Craobh Phadraig Gaa club: it’s a home away from home when you’re playing GAA here
Worst thing about your new home:
Having to pronounce the name Roisin 5 times when you meet someone 🙄 no it’s not Roslin, Raisin or Royzin !! Call me Mary.
Funny story from your time overseas:
Where would I start! Ive met characters from all over Ireland here. A standout memory I suppose would be getting thrown in the back of a Paddy Wagon one night coz I wouldn’t leave the Cock & Bull, sang the cops “The Ferryman” song in the back of it. The $1100 fine wasn’t that funny… they don’t know a good irish song when they hear one!
Funny story from before you left home:
Every sunday session with Dea Dwyer and co. to Tinehely & Ballinglen – 10 of us piled into each car, booting around the back roads with AC/DC blaring. I still have no idea how to get to Ballinglen🤔
Person you are glad to be far away from:
Is your club better/worse off without you:
Worse! They haven’t lit a good bonfire since I left- I bring the Riot 🎶… and the pallets, petrol, tyres & trees 😬😬 don’t mention Toomey’s Bar outdoor benches!
What 3 people would you fly to you if you could and why:
Lindsey Quinlan, Nora & Mary O’Niell coz we’re short a few hardy camogie players in Sydney for the league.
What person in Irelands love would bring you home:
What person in Ireland’s love would make you want to stay away:
Shorty Toomey coz I know he’d be lying – there’d be a dodgy ulterior motive there somewhere.
A Wicklow themed photo from abroad:
(Paddy’s Day last year outside the Mercantile Bar)
Photo from before I left:
(A few days after a Junior B ladies match – typical wicklow shiner not well make-up’d over🙈🤕)