- 18 Mar 03
She’s no saint. She swears and smokes and doesn’t think she’ll go to heaven. But the one-time Dublin street kid has used the nightmare of her own past life to help make unlikely dreams come true for abandoned children across the world. Peter Murphy hears her extraordinary story.
She’s seen that hell and that heaven. She seen those children who have somehow endured and outlived unimaginable horrors, who were given the death sentence of no hope and beat it, wretches left for dead who survived, and then thrived.
Christina Noble was born in the Dublin slums two days before Christmas in the year 1944. Her mother married a bare-knuckled brawler who drank what money there was. When Christina was 10 her mother died, and she and her three siblings were split up and sent to separate orphanages.
She spent four years institutionalised in the west of Ireland, believing her brother and sisters to be dead, before escaping back to Dublin to live on the streets, sleeping in a hole in the ground in Phoenix Park. She was gang raped, became pregnant and had a baby boy who was taken away for adoption against her will.