Gardaí have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 34-year-old man after a stabbing incident in Athy earlier today.
David Boland (pictured), from Nurney, was stabbed several times after a row broke out on Duke Street at 5.30am.
He was taken to Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he later died.
Gardaí say that David's car, a silver-coloured Audi, was taken from the scene of the attack and later found partially burned-out on Woodstock Street in the town.
Gardaí say a house party was taking place in the area at the time of the attack, but David did not attend it and had just arrived in the area.
It's believed he was on his way to work and locals have described him as a "hard worker".
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward and have said they are following several lines of inquiry.
Detectives are making a particular appeal to a group of young men who were at the scene and left soon after the attack.
CCTV footage is also being examined as part of the investigation.
An incident room has been established in Athy Garda Station where a case conference was held by the investigating team earlier today.
The State Pathologist and local Coroner have been notified and members of the Garda Technical Bureau are assisting with the investigation.
A Garda family liaison officer has been appointed to the case to act as a contact between Gardai and the deceased's family.
Members of the Garda Technical Bureau are assisting with the investigation.
Speaking this afternoon at Athy Garda Station Superintendent Martin Walker said: ‘From our enquiries to date we understand a number of people were in the vicinity when this incident occurred and we would appeal to anyone who was in the Duke Street area at approximately 5:30am this morning to come forward.
"We would also appeal to passing motorists, and in particular those with dash cam footage, to contact us here at the incident room.
"A silver or grey Audi was driven from the scene following the incident to nearby Woodstock Street where it was set alight, again we would appeal to anyone with information on the movements of this car to come forward."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Athy Garda Station 059- 8634210 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
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