Gardaí in Limerick are investigating a fatal attack on a man at a house in Garryowen in the early hours of Saturday.
The man was found seriously injured when gardaí responded to reports of an incident on Sarsfield Avenue at around 4.45am. Rescue workers looked after the 42-year-old on the way to the house, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Sources suggest the man may have been hit with a shovel before his death.
The victim was named locally as Ger Curtin, of Old Cork Road, Limerick. He did not live at the house and gardaí were trying to reconstruct his last movements from Friday evening to Saturday morning.
Tributes and photos of Mr Curtin were shared on social media by family and friends on Saturday.
“It’s a sin, a little boy with his whole life ahead of him. May he rest in peace, my condolences to the entire Curtin family,” one said.
A man in his 40s was arrested at the scene in connection with the fatal attack. He was being held at a Garda station in Limerick under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
The crime scene was due to be examined by members of the Garda Technical Bureau on Saturday.
A Garda spokeswoman said the local coroner had been notified, the services of the State Pathologist’s Office had been requested and a post-mortem examination would be carried out in due course.
“A family liaison officer has been appointed for the family of the deceased,” she added.
Gardaí from Henry Street station would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has camera footage, including CCTV and dashcam footage, from the Sarsfield Avenue area between 4am and 5.15am on Saturday. You are asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212 400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.