A 60-year-old gay man from Sligo died last week after being attacked in his home.

Cyril Moran, of River Road, Cartron Point, was described by friends as “vulnerable”.

They revealed that he had become a “a soft target” for local alcoholics and drug addicts who would pretend to be gay in order to stay in his house.

Mr Moran was left outside Sligo General Hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning. Although he was able to walk to the entrance, he died from his injuries on Sunday.

Several complaints about anti-social behaviour at his address had been received by police but his friends told the media that he did not take drugs.

One told the Daily Mirror: “There were a lot of hangers-on in the house. Cyril was gay and these guys would pretend to be gay as well. There were people coming out of the house off their heads.

“I don’t think anyone believes he [Cyril] was in to anything like that. He was a harmless divil.”

Another friend said: “From my experience he would not have let these people into his home of his own free will. He wasn’t that kind of person.”

Mr Moran is said to have become reclusive since his mother died several years ago.

He inherited money after his parents’ death, something locals speculated may have made him vulnerable.

Two men, aged 28 and 29, were questioned about Mr Moran’s death over the weekend. Both have been released and a file is being prepared for the director of public prosecutions.

The person who drove Mr Moran at the hospital on Thursday has not yet been identified and police are studying CCTV.