Thursday, July 28, 2005

Worst Nightmare?

Mine anyway, from today's Irish Times

Cremation today for homeless Irishman
Kitty Holland

The funeral takes place in Britain today of a Co Down man who had been homeless for "about 20 years" and who died without any family or friends around him.

A death notice in yesterday's Irish Times appealed for "any friends or relatives" of Jim O'Hare (64) to contact the James Paget hospital in Great Yarmouth, where he died on July 3rd. He will be cremated this morning and a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday no one had been in contact about him. Mr O'Hare was from Warrenpoint, Newry, and had been admitted via the A&E department about two weeks before his death. The spokeswoman said no one had visited him during that fortnight and that he "seemed like a very nice chap".

A couple who run a pub in the town but who did not want to be named said Mr O'Hare "would just sleep where he could" and "loved to just chat".
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