Fr Michael Noonan, parish priest of Raheen, last night spoke of his sadness at the death of the man who was in his 40s.
Reported to be a “man of the road”, he had stayed in the parochial house previous. He died of natural causes.
“This is a very sad time for me and for all concerned. This man has come to me for help on a number of occasions over the last seven years but I had not seen him for about seven months until he turned up recently,” said Fr Noonan.
“I helped him get accommodation but, two nights ago, he asked could he stay a night or two. I have a spare room and offered it to him.
“I am deeply saddened he has passed away but consoled very much by the fact that he died knowing there was a welcome for him and he is now at peace,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Limerick said it was a stark reminder that despite the good work of agencies across the country including in Limerick, many people are still vulnerable.