A student, 29, from Shenyang, Liaoning, living in Ireland has died after a street fight with a group of people who insulted him and beat him with an iron bar. The killing has stunned the Chinese community in Ireland, most of them students of English. Ireland is an increasingly popular destination for Chinese, with the Beijing Embassy issuing nearly 8,000 visas last year. The murder happened on Tuesday night when the student, who has not been named, went out for a drink with two other Chinese in a northern district of Dublin, the Beijing Youth Daily said. They met a group of young people who allegedly insulted them for being Chinese. A fight broke out and the student was beaten in the head and chest with an iron bar. He was rushed to hospital and died on Thursday night. The two other Chinese with him suffered minor injuries. Thousands of foreigners started moving to Ireland in the mid-1990s, attracted by the country's economic growth and good living conditions. After being contacted by Irish police, the victim's brother and cousin flew from Shenyang to Ireland to take care of the funeral arrangements. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Dublin said he was stunned by the news. 'The Chinese in Ireland work and study hard. For such a thing to happen is a tragedy,' he said. A youth, 16, went to a police station in Dublin last Friday, accompanied by his parents, to make a statement.