Tributes paid to Irishman shot dead in Boston
MOURNERS at the funeral of Irishman Ciaran O Conghaile, have heard that he was a 'God-fearing man, who had come to call Boston home'.
Tributes in Irish and English were paid to the 36-year-old, who was shot outside his home during what police believe was a botched robbery.
Hundreds of members of the city's Irish-American community yesterday packed in to St Mark's the Evangelist Church on Dorchester Avenue to mourn the construction worker, who had been living in the US for more than a decade.
"It was our dream to come to America and it's so unfortunate that this is the way that dream ended for one of us," James O'Sullivan (47) from Cork said at the funeral yesterday.
"He was a quiet type of guy. He'd never harm anybody," Mr O'Sullivan added.
Rev Daniel J Finn told mourners that Mr O Conghaile was a quiet, God-fearing man who had come to call Boston home and had no intention of ever leaving. Another mourner described the man as an "easy-going, happy-go-lucky guy".
"He was welcome in any company. He would have been proud to see the Irish flag and the Galway flag flying outside of St Mark's this morning," Michael Folan said.
Mr O Conghaile's remains are being flown back to Ireland ahead of his burial on the Aran Islands on Saturday.
Police in Boston have meanwhile urged illegal Irish immigrants to come forward if they have been targeted by criminals.
Mr O Conghaile's death last Sunday is the 23rd violent killing to have occurred in Boston's Dorchester neighbourhood so far this year.
Police are investigating the possibility that there may be a link between the fatal shooting and an armed robbery that took place just a block away earlier the same evening.