Pensioner reunited with his family in death
An Irishman's long-lost family has come forward, following an appeal for people to attend his funeral.
John Joseph O'Brien (73) died in Manchester on August 9. Amid fears that nobody would attend his funeral the Council of Irish Associations Manchester issued a plea online for mourners to come to the service on Wednesday.
The organisation has now revealed that Mr O'Brien's long-lost children have got in touch, saying they "never forgot him" but sadly their efforts to build a relationship with him failed.
Mr O'Brien was a native of Co Wexford who moved to England, married and had two sons and a daughter.
"Sadly, the marriage ended and he moved away. Naturally the children loved their dad and never forgot him," the Manchester association said.
"They tried to find their dad but, in their words, they were 'stonewalled'."
The group revealed that Mr O'Brien wanted to find his children shortly before he died.
It added that his son and daughter had arranged Wednesday's funeral, which was open to his family and friends.