Freddy loved the horses. He swore by Pat Eddery and, despite a physical disability, travelled long distances to see him ride. He lived a very independent life in his hostel, and was very attached to Francis Street church, where he took it upon himself to clean the wax off the candlesticks.

Extremely generous, he gave what little money he had away to good causes. He would ask Noel at Trust to put his money into different bags for the collection boxes in the church and when he came to Trust he brought a box of Irish Roses. When he heard that Sligo Rovers football team was in trouble, he wanted to give them a donation. He thought of them as a small club and wondered how they survived. We sent the money to Sligo Rovers on his behalf (the amount was £50) -he often wondered if they received it. Later, after his death, we found a mention of him in a book on Sligo Rovers. His was the only donation received.