A man in his twenties is fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital after he was stabbed and beaten at his house which was then set on fire in Co Offaly.
Ciaran Murphy (24) was reportedly beaten and stabbed at the house in the townland of Coolcor outside Rhode sometime between 11.30pm last night and 1.50am this morning.
The victim is believed to have escaped the house and was found by a passer-by at the rear of the secluded property.
This passer-by then raised the alarm.
Gardai say the victim was rushed to Tullamore Hospital but then transferred to St James Hospital in Dublin.
His condition is described as critical.
A garda spokesperson said today that gardai are conducting house-to-house inquiries are currently taking place in the Rhode area.
An incident-room has been set up at Tullamore Garda Station and a conference has taken place.
A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed and is liaising with the family.
Inspector Kieran Keyes from Tullamore Garda Station issued an appeal today.
"I am appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who may have been in the Rhode area of County Offaly last night or early this morning, between 12 midnight and 2am Monday 7th September 2015 to contact Gardaí at Tullamore Garda Station on 057-9327600, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.”
The scene is currently preserved for technical examination.
Witnesses are asked to contact Tullamore Garda station on 057 0327600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.