GARDAI are investigating the death of a young man in Cork city centre who was discovered lying unconscious on the street with severe head injuries.
The 36-year-old man, who was from Dublin but had been living over recent weeks in Cork, was discovered in a collapsed state on Patrick’s Quay at 10pm on Thursday night.
He was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where he underwent emergency surgery.
However, his condition deteriorated and he died early this morning as a consequence of severe head injuries.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster is now conducting a full post mortem examination.
Gardai stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the post mortem findings.
Detectives are trying to determine how the man suffered the injuries and whether they were caused by an accidental fall, a collision with a car or an assault.
Gardai have appealed for anyone who was in the Patrick’s Quay area between 9pm and 10.30pm on Thursday evening to contact Mayfield Gardai or the Garda Confidential Helpline.
Detectives are also examining CCTV security camera footage from premises in the area to determine the movements of the injured man.
There have been no reports of any assault or disturbance in the city centre at that time.