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Family of Irish man who died alone in Manchester located after appeal

John Joseph O’Brien died at his home in Hulme in Manchester earlier this year.

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THE FAMILY OF an Irish man who died alone in Manchester have been located, following a widespread appeal for people to attend his funeral.

John Joseph O’Brien died at his home in Hulme in Manchester earlier this year.

He was originally from Wexford.

Following his death, attempts were made by Manchester Police to find O’Brien’s next-of-kin, but no one could be located.

This prompted umbrella organisation the Council of Irish Associations to issue an appeal for mourners at the man’s funeral as they believed no one would attend.

Following the appeal, the family of the man made contact and requested privacy at his funeral.

In a statement to London-Irish publication the Irish Post, the family thanked the community for their help.

“We thank the community for their help, but please respect our family’s wishes for a private funeral,” the statement reads.

Anyone who wishes to can make a donation in O’Brien’s name to the Salvation Army.

Read: ‘No mourners are expected’: Plea for Irish in UK to attend funeral of man who died alone

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