A man is in a critical condition in hospital after an assault in Co Offaly.

The incident took place at McAuley Drive in Birr shortly after 1am this morning.

The man, aged in his 20s, was taken to Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, with a number of stab wounds.

Gardaí arrested a man in his early 20s close to the scene. He is being detained at Birr Garda Station.

Anyone on McAuley Drive, Townsend Street, New Road or Pound Street areas between 12.30am and 1.30am this morning are asked to contact Birr Garda Station on 057-9169710, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.