A community in north Galway is trying to find out if a man who died in a British nursing home has any relatives, so that his remains can be repatriated and buried in Ireland.

Sean Parker's body has been in a morgue near London, since his death in July.

Locals in Glinsk believe his family was from the area and that Sean Parker spent the first ten years of his life there.

The Parker family left in 1945, after the death of his mother Ann.

They moved to Dublin and it is understood Mr Parker subsequently emigrated to England.

He has no known relatives.

Retired primary school principal Marty Ward said many people in the area remembered Mr Parker as a young boy.

Since he spoke on RTÉ's Liveline yesterday, Mr Ward said several locals had confirmed the dead man's resemblance to a John Parker, the man believed to be his father.

Mr Ward said the issue had resonated with people in the area because almost every family in the locality had experienced emigration in recent years.

He said there was a desire to have him laid to rest beside his mother in Glinsk cemetery.

Two companies in England have offered to contribute to the repatriation costs and locals are also willing to assist financially.