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Man charged over death of Irish man in New York City

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Image caption A 21-year-old Irish man, John D McGee, died after an alleged assault in the Queens area of New York

A man has been charged in relation to the death of an Irish man outside a bar in New York City in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day.

John D McGee died following an alleged assault, which police are treating as homicide.

The 25-year-old man is due to appear in court later on Saturday, New York police have said.

Mr McGee, a 21-year-old originally from County Longford, was living in the Queens borough of the city.

The alleged assault happened outside the Gaslight Bar in the Sunnyside area of Queens.

It was reported to police at 03:47 EST (08:47 GMT) on Thursday.

Police said they found the man "lying on the ground, with trauma to the head". He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead.

'Punched in the head'

"A preliminary investigation determined that the male was punched in the head by an unknown male in front of the location, who then fled the scene on foot," a New York Police Department spokesperson said.

A spokeswoman for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said it is offering consular assistance.

Father Manning Gaels GAA club, based in Drumlish and Ballinamuck in the north of Longford, issued a statement in social media saying Mr McGee was loved by all who knew him.

He played Gaelic football with the club before emigrating.