GARDAÍ were this morning hunting for the killer of a 24-year-old Galway man who was stabbed in Mallow last night.
The suspect for the stabbing on Bridge Street in the town fled the scene immediately afterwards and the weapon used in the daylight attack had not been found this morning.
Investigators are probing if the killing resulted from a row at Cahirmee horse fair in Buttevant a few hours before. The fair is renowned across the country and has been trouble free in recent years.
The 24-year-old man who was stabbed was originally from Galway but is believed to have been living recently in the Killavullen area.
Emergency services were alerted at around 8.30pm last night after the man was stabbed through the chest on Bridge Street.
Paramedics tried to save him but he was pronounced dead two hours later at Cork University Hospital.
A post-mortem was due to be carried out later today and that will influence whether the investigation will be upgraded to murder.
This morning, Bridge Street was closed off and gardaí were carrying out a forensic examination of the scene.
A hunt was also underway for the weapon used in the vicious attack.
The killing is the fourth in Cork since June 1, when Patrick Ginty O’Donnell died after a row in Willie Andie’s bar in Mitchelstown. One man has been charged with his murder.
Gardai are continuing their probe into the machete murder of Polish gardener Mikolaj Wilk in Maglin in Ballincollig on June 10. Up to four men burst in to his home and attacked him and his wife. His wife and two young children have since moved home to Poland, where his remains were taken for burial. No arrests have yet been made in that case.
The most recent was the murder of Joe O’Callaghan in his home in Galway’s Lane in Douglas. He was discovered in a pool of blood on July 2 when his wife returned from a night shift. A man was questioned in relation to the killing and was later released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.
Gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the Bridge Street area around the time of the stabbing to come forward. They have already spoken to a number of witnesses.
An incident room has been set up in Mallow garda station and can be contacted at 022 31450.