Monday 19 February 2018

Father-of-three sleeping in a makeshift tent is found dead

He said Moore's father was disgusted and mortified by his son's behaviour but was still in court to support him. Stock picture
He said Moore's father was disgusted and mortified by his son's behaviour but was still in court to support him. Stock picture

Ian Begley

A man died after he was found unresponsive in a makeshift tent he had been sleeping in with his partner.

The body of the man was discovered in Bray, Co Wicklow, on Saturday and he has been named locally as Joseph (Joe) Moorhouse.

The father-of-three is believed to have been sleeping with his partner in a tent outside of the old Bray courthouse in the town.

When his partner woke on Saturday morning she found Mr Moorhouse unresponsive.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and attempted to resuscitate Mr Moorhouse, but he was pronounced dead at the site.

It is believed he had a long history of medical conditions.

It is understood there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Moorhouse.

His family are aware of his tragic death and have since made funeral arrangements for the father of three girls.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said in a statement: "Gardaí at Bray attended the scene of a sudden death at Boghall Road, Bray, at approximately 5am on Saturday.

"A man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased was found in a tent.

"There are no suspicious circumstances. The local coroner was notified."

A death notice for Mr Moorhouse said how his passing has caused "inexpressible grief" for his family.

"He will be greatly missed by his loving mother Marie, children Lauren, Jade and Reegan, sisters Linda, Marie and Angela, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends," it said.

Mr Moorhouse is reposing at his family home in St Laurence's Terrace and his funeral will take place later this morning in the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bray.

He will then be laid to rest in Springfield Cemetery, Bray.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil that while she did not know the exact circumstances of his death, she wanted to extend condolences to his family.

"The thoughts and sympathies of this house goes out to that person and indeed their family in these absolutely tragic circumstances," she said.

Irish Independent

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