A witness appeal has been launched by Gardai following an assault on the main street of the city in broad daylight.
Gardaí were alerted to an incident on Patrick Street, close to the Savoy Cinema, around 3.45pm on Thursday.
It is believed that the man, who was in his twenties suffered serious head injuries in an attack that took place by the AIB bank machine close to Penneys.
Three areas were cordoned off along the main street, one by Robert Street between Penneys and the AIB bank machine, the bus stop in front of Dunnes Stores and another area cordoned off by the Savoy Cinema.
The victim was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. His injuries are being described as non life-threatening.
A Garda spokesperson said the scene was preserved for a technical examination.
“No arrests have been made but Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry. Investigations are ongoing.”
Speaking today in response to the violent incident Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central Thomas Gould called on the Gardai to implement an immediate response plan and increase Garda numbers on the city’s streets.
Mr Gould said: “My thoughts are with anyone involved or affected by this serious incident today. The people of Cork are not used to violence of this magnitude. For this to have happened in broad daylight on the city’s busiest street will have shaken many people.
“I have been calling on the government to increase Garda funding to Cork city for too long now. It was only a matter of time before a serious incident such as this happened. We need a strong Garda presence on Cork city streets.
“There now needs to be an immediate response to this incident. We need to see Gardai on the streets to ease people’s fears. People need to feel safe coming into Cork city.”