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Tuesday 17 September 2019

'He had his whole life ahead of him' - local community rocked by tragic death of UCD student (22) in New York

Ciaran O'Boyle died tragically in New York (Photo: Independent.ie)
Ciaran O'Boyle died tragically in New York (Photo: Independent.ie)

Gabija Gataveckaite

A local community in Longford is in shock following the death of a young Irish student in New York.

Ciaran O'Boyle (22) is suspected to have fallen from an apartment block in New York on Tuesday night.

The young man, who was from the Aughadegnan townland located on Drumlish Road in Longford, was a UCD student.

He was due to graduate in October.

It is understood that Ciaran was on a J1 student visa in Canada, had travelled to Chicago before heading to New York to visit his friend and was due to come home in the coming days.

Clonguish GAA, Mr O'Boyle's local club, extended their sympathies towards his untimely death.

"The Club would like to extend its deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the O’Boyle family on the tragic and untimely loss of Ciarán. To his mum and dad, Paddy and Jacinta and to his brothers Kevin and Patrick and sister Rachel and to all his extended family and friends. Both Kevin and Patrick are Club Players, involved with our Seniors and Minors and Ciaran was also a former Club Player," a statement from the club reads.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the O’Boyle family at this very difficult time," it adds.

Ciaran O'Boyle was a student in UCD
Ciaran O'Boyle was a student in UCD

"He was a quiet young man and he was very respected in the area," said local Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Flaherty.

"It's a terrible shock, he was very studious and worked very hard. He played football and was a good swimmer and had his whole life ahead of him.

"The local community is very shocked and he came from a very well liked and respected family in the area."

The Longford GAA Club in New York also expressed their sympathies to Mr O'Boyle.

"The Club would like to send their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Ciaran O’Boyle from Clonguish, following his sudden and tragic death here in NY," read a statement.

"May he rest in peace," it added.

Ciaran was staying at 880 Gates Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, when NYPD police responded to a call in the area on Tuesday night.

"The male had trauma to his body consistent with falling from an elevated height. The investigation does not appear to criminal and remains ongoing. 

"The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death," New York Police Department said in a statement.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance.

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