A 25-year-old man from France has died after a hit-and-run in Cork city centre last night.

Gabriel Jean Lege was knocked down by a van on George's Quay at around 9.30pm.

The driver of the vehicle, described as a white Ford Transit-type van with green signage, failed to remain at the scene.

Mr Lege from Olonne Sur Mer was taken to Cork University Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

He had lived in Cork for several years and worked for Apple.

Gardaí are hopeful they will be able to make progress in their bid to locate the large white van.

Superintendent Barry McPolin, who is heading the investigation, said that witnesses said they believed there was some writing on the van, located above the rear wheel arches.

He said that officers were currently studying a significant volume of CCTV footage of vehicles travelling on routes out of the city, in addition to footage captured on George's Quay in the city, where the incident occurred.

The French Embassy is liaising with his family in France.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact them at Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021-4522000.