Irishman planning Christmas trip home dies in Boston construction accident

The Downtown Crossing, Boston area, where the accident that killed Limerick father-of-two, Paul Devine, took place.

An Irish father-of-two was killed in a construction accident in Boston on Dec 5. The 37-year-old native of Limerick, named as Paul Devine, was injured at a work site in Downtown Crossing.

Father John McCarthy, who has been helping his family with the funeral arrangements, described this unfortunate death as “tragic especially coming up to Christmas.” Devine had been planning a trip home to Ireland for Christmas when the accident occurred.

Speaking to reporters, David Estrada, a police spokesman, advised that the construction worker was severely injured by a scissor lift at the work site and later died of his injuries in the hospital.

Devine, who has lived in Boston for several years, is survived by his two sons, Liam and Gavin.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, Dec 9 at St. Brendan Church in Dorchester and his body was then returned to Limerick for interment and a second funeral mass was held on Wednesday, Dec 11 at Newcastlewest Church in Co. Limerick..

Devine's is the second death to take place on a construction site in Boston over the last few weeks.