An appeal has been launched for people to attend the funeral of an Irishman who died alone in Manchester.
The plea was issued by the Council of Irish Associations in Manchester, who posted the request on their Facebook page last week.
“No mourners are expected so please if any of the Associations can send some members, or if any of Irish Manchester’s community are able to spare an hour to help give your fellow countryman a decent well-attended funeral it will be much appreciated,” they wrote.
They said that John Joseph O’Brien, aged 73, died on 9 August, and that the Manchester bereavement service had arranged a funeral for O’Brien, which is due to take place at Manchester Crematorium on Wednesday 27 September at 10am.
The Council of Irish Associations in Manchester is helping with funeral arrangements for the service, and their Facebook post has been shared 244 times so far, with many stating that they would attend. One person even volunteered their services to sing at the funeral.
Brian McNamee wrote: “I’d be happy to come and sing for free at the funeral. I’m a professional singer from Omagh, Co Tyrone but I live in Manchester and just recently moved away from Hulme.
If I can help I’d be more than happy to.” Any next of kin is being asked to contact the bereavement team on 0161 234 3871 or 0161 234 2932.