A 57-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Irishman Damian Conlon in New South Wales, Australia.

Mr Conlon, who was 38 and originally from Sligo, died in a shooting in a rural area around 180km west of Sydney.

Police in Oberon were yesterday called to a house where they found his body with a gunshot wound.

Earlier today, 57-year-old Luke Simon was charged with the murder of Mr Conlon at Bathurst Local Court.

Mr Simon did not appear in court but was represented there. He was refused bail and was remanded in custody to appear in court again on 5 April.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is providing consular assistance in relation to the tragedy.

He would 'light up any room'

Tributes have been paid locally to Mr Conlon.

Damian Conlon was a carpenter by trade who grew up Sligo town.

He had emigrated to Australia over ten years ago and set up his own excavation business. Mr Conlon was married to an Australian woman.

His death was met with shock in Sligo where his parents Dermot and Ethel live.

Sligo Sinn Féin Councillor Arthur Gibbons, who knew Damian Conlon and his family, described him as a live wire, full of mischief but without a bad bone in his body.

There was always great banter with him and he would light up any room, he added.

Additional reporting Eileen Magnier