GARDAI are investigating whether a row over a drugs debt led to a stabbing last night in Ballyphehane.
A man is undergoing surgery in Cork University Hospital this morning after being stabbed a number of times in the body and neck.
He is seriously ill.
The man, who is in his 20s, was rushed to hospital from Pearse Square in Ballyphehane at around 9.30pm last night.
Witnesses raised the alarm after seeing two groups of men, armed with bats and knives, involved in a disturbance.
Gardai say up to ten people were involved in the incident.
No arrests have been made.
Gardaí at Togher Garda station have launched an investigation and are seeking witnesses and anybody who may have dashcam footage from the time around when the incident occurred.
A Garda spokesperson said:
"Gardaí are investigating the serious assault of a man in his 20s and an incident of violent disorder that occurred in Pearse Square, Ballyphehane, Co. Cork at approximately 9.30pm yesterday evening, 7th April 2020.
"The man, who received a number of stab wounds, was taken to Cork University Hospital where his condition is described as stable.
"The incident occurred after an altercation between two groups of people in Pearse Square, a number of whom were armed with what is believed to be knives and bats.
"No arrests have been made. Investigation ongoing."