Saturday 19 October 2019

Hundreds want to attend funeral of 'forgotten' Irishman who died in London with no family

Hundreds of people want to attend the funeral of an Irishman who died alone in London without any known family have made contact with his funeral organisers. Stock photo
Hundreds of people want to attend the funeral of an Irishman who died alone in London without any known family have made contact with his funeral organisers. Stock photo

Sarah Slater

Hundreds of people say they want to attend the funeral of an Irishman who died alone in London without any known family.

Joseph Tuohy (87), originally from Toomevara in Co Tipperary, passed away during the summer, with his remains being cremated.

Since an appeal was made for members of the public to attend his funeral Mass so his "last goodbye would not fall on deaf ears", several have come forward wanting to help with funeral arrangements.

Margaret de Brun, from Sandycove, Co Dublin, a volunteer at St Joseph's Pastoral Centre which raises money for the Friends of the Forgotten Irish Emigrants, got a letter expressing the hope this man could be brought home.

Brian Boylan, who runs St Gabriel's Homeless Centre in London, was made Mr Tuohy's next of kin when the elderly man passed away, and he decided to write the letter.

The funeral Mass has now been organised for 10am on September 27 in St Joseph's Church in Glasthule, Co Dublin. Mr Tuohy's ashes will be buried in Toomevara.

Significant numbers of people have made contact wanting to pay their respects.

"Now I'm worried there won't be enough room in the church," Ms de Brun said. "As a forgotten Irish emigrant, he shouldn't go to his final resting place without people around him. His passing shouldn't fall on deaf ears."

Irish Independent

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