'Nobody in Wexford should feel guilty' says Alan's brother

PADRAIG BYRNE

A BROTHER of Alan Moore, the Englishman who's body lay undiscovered at his Lower John Street home for up to two months, has said that the people of Wexford should not reproach themselves over his lonely death.

Stuart Moore who attended a short service for his deceased brother at Mulligan's Funeral Home in the Faythe last Wednesday April 11th said 'Nobody in Wexford should feel guilty about what happened. I know they do but they shouldn't. That's the way Alan chose to live.'

Stuart travelled over from the UK with another brother Philip in order to bid a final farewell to Alan (62), with whom they have had no contact since 1988 when he attended their mother's funeral. He was living in Brighton at the time.

In a short homily, Reverend Ron Graham said: 'I did not know Alan Moore. Perhaps most of us here never really did. He was not a great socialiser. He, as would be said locally, kept himself to himself.'

A small gathering of townspeople were present for the short service, including local cafe owner Fergie Kehoe, who got to know Mr. Moore through his role as a Fianna Fáil councillor and Sergeant Denis Whelan of Wexford Garda Station who aided in tracing his relatives in the U.K.

Following the funeral service, the hearse carrying Mr. Moore's coffin stopped briefly outside his lower John Street home where he was found dead by Gardaí on March 18, having lay there undiscovered for almost two months. The alarm was finally raised by a woman who thought it strange to see Christmas lights still on in the window.

Stuart and Philip (known to family as Mick) Moore, laid a wreath at the door of the house, inscribed with the words: 'Alan RIP. Your big brothers Mick and Stu'.

Mr. Moore's body was taken to Dublin on Thursday for a private cremation ceremony at Mount Jerome, and his ashes were carried back to the UK and to the rest of the family by his two brothers.

Stuart Moore thanked the people of Wexford for the concern they showed following the death of his younger brother. ' The kindness they have shown to the family has been so brilliant.' he said.

Relatives of Alan Moore came forward having seen a notice in the 'Salford Advertiser' in Manchester, appealing for his next of kin to contact Wexford Garda station. Efforts have also been made to locate a second family believed to be in the Brighton area, and a similar notice has been placed in the ' Brighton and Hove Argus' but, as of yet, it has proved unsuccessful.

At the service Reverend Graham prayed for family members who were unable to attend, including Alan's three surviving sisters.

Mr Moore's remains have now been repatriated to the UK, drawing a line under an episode which has touched the hearts of many residents of Wexford.

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