Mrs. Joan Doyle is the housekeeper of Craggy Island Parochial House.  She was portrayed by Irish actress Pauline McLynn.


Little is known about Mrs. Doyle, other than she is in her 40's when the show was on air (meaning she was born at some point in the 1950's). She also mentioned that she has a sister.

Physical description

She appears to dress similar to middle-aged housekeepers who reside in the Irish countryside and wears her hair untidily. Although she has glasses, she hates wearing them as they highlight her shabby look. She also has problems seeing when wearing them, evident when she puts them on and tells Ted that she can't find her way to the kitchen.

Personality and traits

Mrs Doyle is characterized as being hyperactive, repressed and very persistent, occasionally to the point of being manic, and angry, such as when someone refuses the offer of a cup of tea, to which she will then respond with "Go on" which she usually repeats, getting quicker each time, this occasionally causes injury to those around her.

Abilities and Skills

  • Making Tea: Mrs Doyle makes tea on a very regular basis, and takes great pride in it, and she's willing to go to severe lengths to serve it, even going as far as to stay up all night in case Ted, Dougal or Jack want a cup.
  • Food Preparation: Mrs Doyle can prepare large quantities of food in very short periods of time, as seen when she made a literal mountain of sandwiiches, when Henry Sellers was visiting.
  • General Maintenance: Mrs Doyle carries out repairs on on the house when needed to, including fixing the roof digging a ditch.
  • Poetry: Mrs Doyle can apparently write decent poetry, as it won her the opportunity to meet Eoin McLove


  • Her husband is mentioned several times, but she always changes the subject before divulging too much information. It is implied that their marriage was unhappy, which is why Mrs Doyle has such a negative view on sex.


Doyle, the Anglicanized form of the old Irish O'Dubhghall, which means "descendant of Dubhghall"

Behind the Scenes

  • Mrs Doyle's first name is never revealed. Though there is a script that gives it as "Joan".


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