Cork: Gay Homeless Man Dies After Being Assaulted

Assault victim, Timothy Hourihane – Image:

A gay man, who was living in a tented village in Cork, has died, having sustained serious injuries to his head and body after an assault, according to

Timmy Hourihane, from West Cork, was found unconscious by Cork Fire Brigade, after the alarm was raised by homeless people in the tented village at Mardyke Walk in Cork. He was taken to Cork University Hospital, but died shortly afterwards.

According to the report, Mr Hourihane had previously worked as a chef for top-class restaurants in the UK, but had developed an alcohol problem, which eventually led to his homelessness.

He was known as a very kind and warm person by Cork charity, Helping Cork’s Homeless, and Christina Chalmers of that organisation said of Timmy:

“I’m lost for words. He was the warmest, kindest man. He never caused anyone any hassle. He was so kind to other homeless people. He was great fun. One year he ran in the mini-marathon for charity dressed up as a woman. That was Timmy,” she said.

Mr Hourihane had a partner, Michael, who died of cancer about ten years ago, and this is when his problems mainly began. Ms Chalmers added:

“Timmy nursed his partner Michael, who had cancer. Timmy lived by the train station and used to walk up and down twice a day to the hospital. When he died that is when the addiction kicked in. Timmy was a top chef in England”.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the assault.

Persons who were in the Mardyke Walk area  between 12 midnight and 1am Sunday morning, and who may have witnessed any activity in the area, or any motorists who may have passed through Mardyke Walk around these times, and have dashcam footage, are asked to contact Anglesea Garda Station on 021 -4522000, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


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