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Prominent Irish family in US lose young son

A PROMINENT Irish family based in the US was in mourning last night following the tragic death of a young family member.

Twelve-year-old Rory Staunton (pictured) of Sunnyside, Queens, New York, died of complications at the weekend following a brief illness.

He is the nephew of Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd, his brother Louth County councillor Michael O'Dowd and 'The Irish Voice' publisher Niall O'Dowd, based in New York City.

He was the son of Orlaith (nee O'Dowd) and Ciaran Staunton, from Queens, New York. Orlaith is originally from Louth and her husband is originally from Co Mayo. The couple are understood to have a daughter as well as Rory.

Mr Staunton owns an Irish pub called Molly Bloom's in the Sunnyside area of Queens. A local newspaper reported the tragedy yesterday.

Rory fell ill last week. He died suddenly over the weekend, the 'Sunnyside Post' said. Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised.

Irish Independent