Two men have been arrested as part of the investigation into a fatal assault in Athlone last night, in which a 49-year-old man died.

A 19-year-old man and a man in his 30s are being questioned at Athlone Garda Station.

The victim, who has been named locally as Paul 'Babs' Connolly, was from Edenderry in Co Offaly.

Mr Connolly was on a stag party when the assault happened.

He was taken to Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí have appealed to witnesses to come forward and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been at the nearby taxi rank waiting area between 2.15am and 3am.

Anyone who may have assisted Mr Connolly is asked to contact gardaí, who are also seeking to identify the owners of vehicles parked in the area and anyone who drove through Church Street between 2.15am and 3am.

Anyone with video footage, such as dash-cam recordings, is asked to make it available, and can contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6492600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.