From top: Tullamore town, County Offaly; Homeless activist Ken Smollen’s Facebook message
Named locally as Conor O’Hagan, who originally hails from Clonakilty in Cork, he was “hospitalised recently due to the effects of sleeping outdoors and has passed away this evening,” Smollen said. “May he rest in peace,” Smollen said. The cause of his death is not yet known.
Ken Smollen recalled his interaction with the young man in Tullamore: “I only spoke to him once when I gave him a sleeping bag and some food. A number of people tried to help him on numerous occasions, and as far as I’m aware he has been in Tullamore for about 5 months,” he told the Offaly Express.
“He could be seen regularly on the bridge over the river and beside the Bridge House or in other locations on William Street. The last time I saw him he was busking outside the AIB. I know that he was hospitalised about 2 months ago. I haven’t personally seen him on the streets since that,” Smollen added.
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