The victim has been name locally as 24-year-old Conor Quinn
A 24-year-old man stabbed to death in Cork last night has been named locally as Conor Quinn.
Gardaí have now launched a murder investigation.
The man was stabbed at Bridge Street in Mallow at 8.30pm yesterday evening during a fight with another young man.
He was taken to Cork University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A post mortem took place today, and the results prompted gardaí to launch a murder investigation.
The scene was preserved overnight for a technical examination and investigators are currently searching for a weapon.
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Gardaí have already spoken to a number of witnesses - but they particularly want to locate a young man who left the scene shortly after the altercation.
“We are now anxious to speak to a male who we believe was present with the deceased when he sustained his injuries,” a Garda spokesperson said in a statement.
A motive for the violence isn't yet clear but it is believed the victim may have had a row earlier in the day at a horse fair in Buttevant.
Gardaí said they are “aware of the background circumstances” that led to the fight, adding “we can assure that any person that comes forward will be dealt with professionally in accordance with the law.”
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information to contact them at Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
Additional reporting by Stephen McNeice