GARDAI are poised to launch a murder investigation today following the discovery of a man's body in a pool of blood in his home.
The man -- named locally as Don Geasley (42) -- was discovered at 10am yesterday in a house in the Masseytown area of Macroom, Co Cork.
He was discovered lying in a pool of blood with at least one injury to his head clearly visible.
The body was in a downstairs room of the terraced house which is located just 100m from Macroom garda station and the town's courthouse.
Gardai were last night treating the death as suspicious and stressed that the nature of their investigation would be determined by post-mortem findings.
However, one Irish Independent source indicated that the injuries sustained by the man are regarded as unlikely to have been sustained in an accidental fall.
A preliminary examination of the scene was carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster before the body was removed at 6pm.
A full post-mortem is due to be carried out at Cork University Hospital (CUH) this morning.
Gardai will rule on upgrading their investigation once the post-mortem results are known.
Detectives are now investigating reports that a party had been held in the man's home over the course of Wednesday evening.
A full technical examination of the scene was conducted by garda forensic experts and house-to-house enquiries commenced last night.
Gardai are also examining CCTV security camera footage from a number of business premises in the area to determine all movements locally from midnight on Wednesday to 10am yesterday.
There was no sign of forced entry at the man's home. Masseytown neighbours expressed shock at the grim discovery.
"This is a very quiet area -- the only thing that ever happened around here was a fire in a local pub a few years back," one man said.
Another woman said the dead man was well-known in the locality but largely kept to himself.
While the deceased had been living in the Masseytown house for some time, he is understood to have been originally from the Rylane area.