A murder probe has been launched after the body of a man with stab wounds was discovered in a burnt-out flat.
Michael O Shea, 31, was found by firefighters called to a blaze in North Main Street, Youghal, Co Cork, at approximately 2.30am on Thursday. Attempts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Initial inquiries and a preliminary post-mortem examination revealed he had been the victim of a knife attack. The crime scene has been preserved and is still being technically examined.
Mr O Shea's body has been taken to Cork University Hospital, where a post-mortem examination is being carried out by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.
Councillor Barbara Murray said the victim came from a well-known family which was long established in the area.
She said: "People are in shock. This is the kind of thing that doesn't happen in Youghal. It's a tourist town, a seaside town, a heritage town, and at this time of year it's very quiet."
Gardai have appealed for witnesses who may have information to come forward. In particular, they want to know Mr O Shea's movements before 10pm on Wednesday and any suspicious or unusual activity around his home overnight.
A spokesman added: "Any person who may be in possession of any information regarding the death are asked to contact the Gardai," a spokesman added.