'Kind, warm and intelligent': Tributes as homeless woman's funeral due to take place

'Kind, warm and intelligent': Tributes as homeless woman's funeral due to take place

TRIBUTES have been paid to a homeless woman who died suddenly in Dublin this week.

Ann Delaney, 47, died in St James’s Hospital on Sunday, February 25 after sleeping rough in the capital for seven years.

The mother-of-one, who hailed from Crettyard in Co. Laois, was a former nurse and popular member of the homeless community in Dublin city.

Ann Delaney passed away in Dublin this week

Tributes have flooded in ahead of her funeral, which takes place in Laois this afternoon.

“I had the pleasure of knowing Ann a good few years ago,” one friend said.

“She was a gentle kind warm and intelligent lady that I will not forget.”

Members of the public have left flowers and tributes on Aungier Street by the spot where homeless woman Ann Delaney used to sleep

Paying tribute, another well-wisher said: “I would see you Ann, every Friday, as I passed you by on the bus.

“You always caught my attention. People would be smiling at you, and you would return with an even brighter smile.

“I often wondered how you had the energy, grace and positivity to do so.

“Your situation was dire, but your true self shone through.”

Ann Delaney's funeral takes place this afternoon

Ms Delaney leaves behind her mother Mary, daughter Saoirse, brothers Thomas, John, Ciaran and Paul and sisters Siobhán, Tricia, Roisin and Emer.

St. Abban’s Church, in Doonane, Co. Laoise this morning ahead of the funeral of Ann Delaney

Her funeral takes place today at 12noon in St. Abban’s Church in Doonane, Laois.