Requiem for an Irish mensch

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Dr. Jim O’Connell, who has tended to the homeless for decades, was at the shrine in Lourdes when he met Kevin Leary. Dr. Tom Durant, one of the great humanitarian doctors in the city, put the arm on O’Connell, insisting he take care of the sick who made the pilgrimage from Boston to France, hoping divine intervention would do what medical intervention could not.