A Mayo man died and his wife was critically injured in a fire in their home in New Jersey, USA earlier this week.

52-year old Michael Jennings was found inside the apartment at Ocean Grove, and was brought to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mr Jennings - a father of two -  is a native of the Claremorris area, and was previously involved with Mayo Ladies soccer, serving as a former Chairman of the Mayo Women's League.

He had worked for the past four years as a bartender in an Irish bar in Asbury Park.

His wife Catherine remains in a critical condition in hospital following the fire early on Thursday morning.

The fire is not considered suspicious, although an investigation into its cause is ongoing, according to the prosecutor’s office.

A Go Fund me page has been set up by family friends in the US to raise funds to repatriate Mr Jenning's body to Mayo and help with medical bills.

The target is to raise 30,000 dollars, of which over 10,000 has already been pledged.

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