A post-mortem examination is being conducted on the body of a man discovered at his home near Dunmanway in west Cork.

The man was last seen alive over two weeks ago and his body was badly decomposed when gardaí were alerted and went to his home yesterday morning.

It is understood that there is nothing to suggest that the man died as a result of foul play.

Gardaí have yet to formally identify the man.

However, he is believed to be a 70-year-old Englishman who lived in what are described as primitive conditions at a house surrounded by woodland about 3km outside Dunmanway.

The post-mortem examination is being conducted by the Assistant State Pathologist Margo Bolster at Cork University Hospital.