Wednesday 28 June 2017

Grieving woman remembers last meeting with her homeless Irish dad: 'To dream with him was fantastic'

(Photo: Facebook/Humans of Dublin)
(Photo: Facebook/Humans of Dublin)

Kathy Armstrong

A heartbroken woman has spoken about sharing "the same dream" with her father during their final meeting before he passed away last month.

The woman, who is identified only as Sine, explained that her father died in Dublin last month after years of being homeless.

She explained how her father, who has not been named, met her mother in the capital.

Speaking to the popular Humans of Dublin Facebook page, she said: "I live in Denmark and have been in Dublin many times to try and find him!

"He used to make a living from playing music on the streets, in bars and pubs.

"This is where he met my mother and they soon fell madly in love. In 1973 they got married and seven years later I was born.

"We lived together for ten years, but he was devoted to music, to Ireland and to alcohol, so they split up and he moved back to Dublin.

"After that he lived day-to-day, where he played music.

"As time went by, he found himself with no place to stay and soon ended up on the streets homeless."

Sine also spoke candidly about her touching last meeting with her dad.

She explained: "In 2002 I decided I would find him so I moved to Dublin for three months.

"The day before I left for Denmark he rang me and we arranged to meet at the GPO - and there he was!

"My last and most vivid memory of him was our walk through St Stephen's Green on a warm and sunny May afternoon.

"We walked slowly in the park and he was telling me about his life in Dublin before he came to Denmark, he was telling me about being a child and how poor the country was.

"I  told him about my childhood and the time he had missed.

"We talked about him coming to live with us and for a minute we both believed it would happen some day.

"To dream with him was fantastic. We both knew it would always be just a dream but we shared the same dream and it felt beautiful."

Sine and her father's story clearly touched the hearts of the public as it notched up over 1,300 reactions in an hour and was shared dozens of times.

People paid tribute to them, with one saying: "How bittersweet, I'm so glad you both got to 'dream' together, however briefly."

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