A man who had denied murdering a father-of-two has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

51-year-old Gerard Delaney, from Lakelands Crescent, Mahon, Cork, died at Cork University Hospital on 27 December 2011 after he was stabbed 13 times during a fracas at a pub in Cork.

Earlier this week, 20-year-old Dean Crinnion, of Blackwater Grove, Togher, Cork had pleaded not guilty to Mr Delaney's murder at the Central Criminal Court in Cork.

However, this morning, he asked to be re-arraigned and pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. 

Prosecuting Counsel Majorie Farrelly said the plea was acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecution.

Defence Counsel Brendan Grehan SC told Mr Justice Paul Carney that his client wanted to express his sorrow to Mr Delaney’s the family and his earnest hope is that peaceful relations can be restored between the families. 

Mr Justice Carney remanded Crinnion in custody for sentencing next Wednesday.