Gardaí investigating the fatal stabbing of a man in Cork this morning have appealed for witnesses.

In particular, they have appealed to a man who was at the scene in the Friar’s Walk area of the city around the time of the incident.

Gardaí at Anglesea Street Station are anxious to speak to the man, who is believed to be in his 50s or 60s, and who was seen walking along Friar's Walk in the direction of the city between 7am and 7.30am.

He was wearing a cap, a dark coloured jumper and trousers.

27-year-old Eddie Gallagher of Ardcullen, Hollyhill on the north side of the Cork city, was found with serious injuries on Friar’s Walk at around 6.30am.

He was taken to Cork University Hospital and prounounced dead at around 8am.

Gardaí are trying to establish how Mr Gallagher got to Friar's Walk and what he was doing there.

They have appealed for witnesses to contact them at Anglesea Street garda station at 021-4522000.

Two scenes were sealed off at a house and on the street at Friar's Walk and were examined by scene of crime investigators.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster was expected to carry out a post mortem examination of the body.