A 25-year-old Dublin man has appeared in court in New York charged with assaulting Longford man Danny McGee, who died after being punched outside a pub in Queens in November. 

Steven O’Brien, with an address at 42nd Street, Queens, New York was released on continuing bail and is due to appear in court again on 21 February.

Danny McGee, from Drumlish, Co Longford was found lying unresponsive on the ground outside the Gaslight Bar in Queens, New York shortly before 4am on Thanksgiving Day, 22 November. 

The 21-year-old was rushed to hospital but later pronounced dead. 

The cause of his death was determined to be a blunt impact injury to the head.

Prosecutors say Steven O’Brien punched Danny McGee once to the side of the head after the two men became engaged in a verbal row. 

Outside court today, Mr O’Brien’s lawyer Matthew Gartenberg described the incident as devastating for all parties and said they would be fighting the charges.

"Currently my client has pleaded not guilty at this point and he’s maintaining his innocence", he said. 

Today would have been Danny McGee’s 22nd birthday and members of his family were in court for this morning’s hearing.

His uncle Tim Murphy said it was important for them to be there. He described his nephew as a unique individual.

"Danny was always smiling and made the room a better place when he walked in", he said.