O’Neill Centre’s new director aiming to continue tradition of excellence

The retirement of Lucy Dooley as director of services at The O’Neill Centre sees Paula Rudkins taking over the role.

The retirement of Lucy Dooley as director of services at The O’Neill Centre sees Paula Rudkins taking over the role.

The Carlow native has been working at The O’Neill Centre for 16 years, having trained as a nurse and then worked as a senior child-care worker and then coordinator of day services in the centre.

Her hope for the future of The O’Neill Centre is to continue with the good work that it does and to ensure that the level and standard of services are maintained.

“All of the staff here would have the same feeling and vision as Lucy would have had over the years. All of us, including me, would want to continue on what Lucy started,” Paula said. “We acknowledged to Lucy that she passed her vision on to us, and our hope is to continue the services as they are.”

“We have a way of working with the children and parents that is very child-centred, parent-centred and family-centred, and it works very well,” she said. “The O’Neill Centre is family oriented and community oriented.”

The task is a great responsibility, she said, “but it’s one that we are happy to take on.”