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Cecil Griffin

Cecil Griffin

Cecil Griffin

AN elderly man has died after a fire broke out in the mobile home where he lived alone.

The body of Cecil Griffin (74) was found among the smouldering remains at Knocknaboley, between Knockananna, Co Wicklow, and Hacketstown, Co Carlow.

The fire was discovered at about 4.30pm on Saturday.

Neighbours and friends had become concerned for Mr Griffin and were going to check on him when they came upon the fire.

Mr Griffin, described as a loner, lived in the caravan beside a derelict farm, which is understood to be the original family homestead.

Local people said he made regular trips to the village of Knockananna to pick up groceries and collect his pension. He was often helped by neighbours who gave him lifts and looked out for him if he had not been seen for a while.

Shopkeeper Kathleen Byrne, who had known him for years, said he was "funny in ways, but very kind. He was his own person, and he did what he wanted".

She said she would always ring one of the neighbours who lived up the same lane if she had not seen him.

Arklow councillor Vincent Blake said Mr Griffin had a sister in England who had visited him in the past week or so, and a brother in America.

Irish Independent