Mother of Longford man who died in New York speaks out

The mother of a young Longford man who died in New York after an alleged assault is pressing for a more serious charge against the accused.

Twenty one year-old Danny McGee from Drumlish lost his life after an altercation outside a bar in Queens last month.

A 25 year-old man, who is originally from Dublin, has been charged with assault in relation to the incident.

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But Danny’s family want the charge against him to be upgraded.

Danny McGee, who was born in America, had spent most of his life in Longford and was planning to return to Ireland permanently in February next after working in New York for the past 18 months.

In the early hours of November 22, the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, he died after an alleged assault outside the Gas Light Bar in Queens.

Dublin native Stephen O’Brien has been charged with third degree assault in connection with the incident, a charge which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail.

But Danny’s family have been advised that O’Brien could avoid jail time completely even if he is found guilty.

Danny’s mother, Colleen, told Shannonside FM that regardless of the accused man’s intention she’ll be visiting her son’s grave this Christmas instead of making a planned family trip to visit him in New York.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney, Richard A. Brown, said that she understands the concerns of the family in regard to the criminal case.

She added that the office have already been in contact with members of Danny’s family and will continue to speak and meet with them to keep them updated.

New York born Colleen, who moved to Drumlish about 16 years ago, says she missed her son desperately when he was in New York and was so looking forward to him coming home next year.

She and her other two children had been counting down the days to see Danny who she described as “very unique” over Christmas, a trip that she now cannot face.