Gardaí are trying to establish a motive after a man was murdered in a vicious attack in Ballincollig early on Sunday morning.
Mikolaj Wilk, a 35-year-old Polish national, was fatally injured when a group of men armed with machetes entered his home in the quiet Maglin area of Ballincollig shortly after 3am.
His wife Elzbieta, in her 30s, was seriously injured in the attack but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
It is understood Mr Wilk sustained a number of stab wounds in the incident.
The couple were taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. Mr Wilk was pronounced dead at 5.30am as a result of the injuries he sustained in the attack.
Gardaí then upgraded the investigation from aggravated burglary to a murder investigation and the scene was preserved for a technical examination.
Two children under six were sleeping in the house along with another woman in her early 30s. They were uninjured in the incident.
Mr Wilk had lived in Ballincollig for at least five years and ran a garden maintenance business. He was not known to Gardaí.
A BMW Three series believed to have been used by the gang was found burnt out in nearby Waterfall just under four miles from the house where the attack occurred. Two other vehicles at the scene of the attack were removed for forensic testing.
Local Fine Gael Councillor Derry Canty said “shockwaves” have been sent through the entire area of Ballincollig and beyond.
“I met a lot of people this morning and everybody is totally in shock at how outrageous this attack was. Something like this has never happened in Ballincollig before,” he said.
“I never met the man who died but I and everyone in the area send their condolences.
“It was carried out in a very quiet area down a cul-de-sac where you wouldn’t be able to call for help.
“I can only hope the people who carried out this awful attack are brought to justice, “he added.
Fianna Fail representative Daithí O'Donnabháin said the thoughts of people in the area are with Elzbieta as she battles to recover from her injuries and the children and women who were also in the house at the time.
“There is a family who were in the house with young children and you have to think of the trauma that they must be going through at this time,” he said.
“Your heart would have to go out to them and the family. No doubt, there will be a level of high trauma and shock because this would have had to have been seen and witnessed by them. I’d have a huge concern for their wellbeing.
“The location where it happened is at the edge of the town where it heads toward the Ballinora-Waterfall parish. There are not a lot of houses surrounding the location of this incident,” he added.
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact them at Gurranabraher on 021 4946200 or any Garda Station.