Josef Pavelka: “a wonderful man and a gentle and a loving man”

A priest told mourners at a vigil to remember homeless man Josef Pavelka last night that now is not a time to be angry but to remember “a real(...)

Peter Baram, in Ennis, Co Clare, following the death of his friend Josef Pavalka. “He is my best friend and he is gone,” he said. “We were together every day from 7am until 10 at night. We never argued. I miss him very much.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

The death of a homeless man in Ennis, Co Clare, at the weekend could have been avoided “if there was more a hands-on response to his situation”(...)

Flowers at the spot where Josef Pavelka was found dead in Ennis. Photograph: Eamon Ward

It wasn’t difficult to locate Polish native Piotr Baram (36) and his best friend, Czech national Josef Pavelka (52). One wet Wednesday evening (...)

Josef Pavelka (left) and Piotr Baram in the public toilet in the market area of Ennis that served as a makeshift home. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Homeless man Josef Pavelka (52) – whose plight received national attention after it emerged he was living in a pu(...)