Sean was a tradesman from rural Ireland who left his wife and family for reasons best known to himself many years ago. He assumed a different name and lived in a flat until he had an industrial accident. After a spell in hospital he moved into a city hostel.

A very proud secretive man he nevertheless used his skills to do maintenance work in the hostel where he lived. Family members tried to track him down without success and finally accepted that he was buried in a pauper’s grave in England.

A very intelligent, well-groomed man, he lived with his secret until near the end. He kept in contact with his GP and TRUST. When he was struck down by a serious illness his family was located and contacted. They expressed relief at having found him, but also sadness for all the years missed.

TRUST and the hostel superintendent were able in some small way to help the family by telling them how he had spent his days.