A man in his 40s has died following a road crash in Kilkenny in the early hours of this morning, after a van struck a tree near Goresbridge.

No other vehicle was involved in the incident.

The man, who was driving the van, was taken from the scene to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny where he was later pronounced dead.

The R705 between Goresbridge and Bagenalstown is partly closed and diversions are in place.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have information to contact Thomastown Garda Station on 056 775 4150, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.