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The man is forced to say goodbye to his brother through the hospital window because he died of the coronavirus

A heartbroken man was forced to say goodbye to his beloved brother by peering through a hospital window after succumbing to the corona virus.

Padraig Byrne, from Dublin, climbed onto a bench outside St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar, where his wife Felicia works, to pay his last respects to 70-year-old Francis, who died 30 minutes earlier on April 1.

He hadn’t been able to visit his brother – who was already in the hospital when he started showing symptoms of the virus – because of restrictions imposed to help fight Covid-19, but said it gave him comfort to try again. see .

Speak to Joe Duffy on Liveline from RTE Radio One yesterday Padraig said, “I saw the couch and I decided I should see it, I just had to take a look.

Padraig Byrne, from Dublin, climbed on a bench outside St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar to pay his last respects to 70-year-old Francis, who died on April 1

Padraig Byrne, from Dublin, climbed on a bench outside St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar to pay his last respects to 70-year-old Francis, who died on April 1

“I felt I was there and I felt I was with him. It was the only way I could say my last goodbye to him.

“I shed another tear when I looked, and I said, ‘Goodbye, Francis.’

He revealed that Francis had died looking through the window, with wife Betty and daughter Rachel at his side.

Padraig said that he had not seen his brother for four weeks because he was unable to visit him before his coronavirus diagnosis because of his detachments.

Padraig told how he had not seen his brother Francis for four weeks because he had been unable to visit him for his coronavirus diagnosis due to social distance measures

Padraig told how he had not seen his brother Francis for four weeks because he had been unable to visit him for his coronavirus diagnosis due to social distance measures

Padraig told how he had not seen his brother Francis for four weeks because he had been unable to visit him for his coronavirus diagnosis due to social distance measures

“His wife had been awake a few times, but it was a few weeks after that he was diagnosed with the virus,” Padraig explained.

“I went to the hospital and I got a bench in the hospital grounds and I put it against the window to see him.

“It was the first time in about four weeks that we saw him. I looked through the window.

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“Two days earlier, me and my other brother Brendan had gone to the hospital and got the couch so we could look in and see him. But he died two days later. ‘

A small private funeral service was held, in accordance with government restrictions, but Padraig and his four other brothers Liam, Damien, Brendan, and Brian were not allowed to carry the coffin because of the infection.

Padraig shared how the undertakers brought the hearse to his estate in Clondalkin and drove past his neighbors, giving them the opportunity to pay their last respects.

“The residents stood out and applauded while Francis came by and it was lovely and I thank them for that,” said Padraig.

“We drove out of the estate behind the hearse to the cemetery. We could only go to the grave when it was lowered into it, maybe there were 12 of us.

“If all this is done and dusted, we probably won’t be affected until we go to the next funeral with a eulogy and all that.”

Padraig described his brother as a ‘family man’ with ‘great confidence’ and ‘a passion for the environment’.

He also urged the public not to become complacent about the current limitations and added: “We are all vulnerable, but older people are more vulnerable and they are our parents. We have a duty to them. ‘

A message of condolence on the website rip.ie reads:[Francis’] family would ask that in the next few days everyone who knew Fran take the time to light a candle or say a prayer.

In due course, a celebration of Fran’s life with family and friends will be held. Feel free to leave your statements of support in the online condolences register. ‘

Clondalkin Tidy Towns Secretary Pat O’Sullivan paid tribute to Francis and told the Irish mirror: ‘He has spent countless hours on the construction, maintenance and cleanliness of his estate, Floraville.

“It was an honor to know Fran not only for his volunteer work, but also because he was a humble man who cared so much that many people enjoyed and appreciated our village.”

Ireland currently has 6,074 cases of coronavirus recorded and 235 deaths.

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