Irish man Ciaran O Conghaile is shot dead in Boston

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family of an Irish man who was shot dead in Boston on Monday.

Ciaran O Conghaile was found lying in the street in the Dorchester area just after 1am with a gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the 36-year-old was from Inis Meain, one of the Aran Islands, off Galway.

He lived in the Dorchester area and worked in construction.

The Press Association quoted Irish government sources who said US investigators believe Mr O Conghaile was not "intentionally killed" but may have been caught up in a "botched robbery".

Boston police are investigating whether he had his wallet stolen as he walked home from an Irish festival.

It is the second tragedy to hit his family in recent years.

His older brother Michael Dara O Conghaile was swept into the sea by a freak wave as he stood chatting to his sister on the pier of Inis Meain in 2000.