Gardaí, who are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 56-year-old Italian man in Co Offaly, have extended the period of detention for a 17-year-old boy who is assisting them with their inquiries.

The man who died has been named locally as Bruno Rolandi.

He was discovered with stab wounds at a house at Green Road, Ballyfore near Edenderry just before 8pm last night and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The teenager in custody is being held at Tullamore Garda Station.

The initial period for his detention has been extended for another 12 hours.

Locals have described the incident as a tragedy.

Mr Rolandi's body was removed to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, where a post-mortem examination was to be carried out.

He lived at the house with a woman and her two sons.