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27th Feb 2024

Hundreds attend vigil for Ann Delaney who died sleeping rough in Dublin city centre

Joseph Loftus

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“To see all of this support is just incredible.”

Several hundred people gathered on Monday evening to pay their respects to 47-year-old Ann Delaney who died on the streets of Dublin.

Ann, who was a nurse and a mother, is believed to have died at around 9 am on Sunday close to a Tesco Express on Aungier Street.

It’s thought that Ann had previously worked in a Dublin hospital but had been living rough for the last seven years.

Hundreds attend vigil for Ann Delaney who died sleeping rough in Dublin city centre.

Chris O’Reilly, who runs the Liberty Soup Run told the crowd: “Everyone knew Ann. She was just an amazing person, an amazing woman. She had rough times in life like us all and unfortunately, Ann ended up on the streets.

“She never saw her way out (of what she was going through). God love her, she’s at peace now, she’s out of pain. This is for Ann’s family as well, we are all behind you. Ann was our family as well. We classed her as a sister. She loved Liverpool soccer club and that’s why there are so many people holding red balloons.”

Mr O’Reilly continued: “To see all of this support is just incredible. As a community and wider community, there are people here from all over. Ann was a gem, she was such a lovely lady.

“If you brought her items, she’d ask if it was second-hand but she wanted the new stuff, she still had her sense of humour. Ann could crack a joke and there were days she didn’t want to talk to you because of what she was going through but we all accepted that.”

Ms Delaney’s funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.

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