A man in his 30s is due to appear before a special sitting of Cork District Court tomorrow morning charged in connection with a violent assault which has left a man in a critical condition in hospital.

A 52-year-old man who was also being questioned by gardai in connection with the assault was released without charge this evening and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The injured man was found with a wound to the chest on Kerry Hall Road in Fairhill at 2.30pm yesterday afternoon.

He was rushed to hospital by ambulance and underwent emergency surgery. He remains in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information relating to the incident to come forward.