Walsh family thanks public for support and asks for privacy

The family of the young man killed in Sydney have thanked the Irish people for their support in the days since the assault which led to his death.

The family of the young man killed in Sydney have thanked the Irish people for their support in the days since the assault which led to his death.

Gearóid Walsh, 23, died in hospital after suffering severe head injuries in an assault at a takeaway in the Sydney suburb of Coogee on Sunday.

His family have asked for privacy and time to grieve, but said they "would like to thank the media for its sensitive reporting of this tragedy so far and also to acknowledge the great support from the Irish people and officials from Ireland who provided support to them in Australia.

"The last few days have been extremely difficult for the family in trying to come to terms with what has happened. They now request time to grieve...and lay Gearóid to rest."

Australian police today charged a 28-year-old man with manslaughter after Gearóid's death.

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