AN IRISH father of one is fighting for his life in a US hospital after a savage street assault in Boston.
Gary Halpin (33) suffered serious head injuries in an assault in the Adams Village area of Dorchester.
He is originally from Carrigaloe in Cobh, Co Cork, but moved to Boston in early 2006 where he works as a freelance designer.
Mr Halpin is married and has a three-year-old child. The attack occurred less than 1km from his home.
He was discovered lying in a car park by police at 4.15am last Sunday after they had received a phone call from residents about a disturbance in the area.
Eyewitnesses told police officers they had seen the man stagger down a street, and believed he had been attacked.
According to a police report, an officer saw Mr Halpin stand up and attempt to get into his car before collapsing.
He was rushed to a Boston Medical Centre (BMC) hospital where his condition was last night understood to be serious but stable.
Boston police are investigating the attack as an attempted homicide – and have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.
Detectives are examining a number of different reports about what sparked the incident which has left the local community deeply shocked.
One theory being examined is the man may have been the target of a robbery which went horribly wrong.
Cobh politician Cllr John Mulvihill (Lab) said the harbour town was "deeply shocked" by the attack.
"The man's family are very highly respected in Cobh and everyone here is praying that this young man makes a full recovery," he said.
Dorchester is an area of Boston that is traditionally popular with Irish emigrants.
Two years ago, Irishman Ciaran O Conghaile died after being attacked in the same suburb. Police described the incident as a botched robbery.