Gardaí in Co Kildare have begun a murder investigation after a man was shot dead in Athy.

The victim, who was in his early 20s, was shot in the upper body as he walked along a lane near his home in Coneyboro.

He was taken to Naas General Hospital but pronounced dead there a short time later.

Originally from Dublin, the victim had been living in the estate with his partner

The area has been sealed off pending a full technical examination and gardaí have issued an appeal for anyone with information on the shooting to contact them at Athy Garda Station on 059-8634210.