Homeless man in the Park found a friend in the Áras – Independent.ie

She was a grand dame residing in gated splendour in the Phoenix Park, he the homeless neighbour who lived in a hollowed-out thicket with curious deer and the rain to keep him awake at night.

ow Jay Bobinac (23) credits an unlikely rapport with the President’s wife, Sabina Higgins, as the inspiration for turning his life around following an unexpected meeting four years ago.

“She said, ‘There are two pieces of advice I’ll give you, one to pursue acting and the other to pursue education’,” he said.

Jay, who is from Croatia, now manages a soup kitchen for the Tiglin charity, is studying for a master’s degree in social care and is an aspiring actor. He was named Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year last month.

Born on the island of Krk, Jay followed his younger brother, Alan, to Ireland to look for work in 2016 at the age

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