A man in his 30s has been killed in a road crash in Co Kilkenny in the early hours of this morning.

The single-vehicle incident happened at Carn in the Dunbell area at about 2.50am.

The dead man has been named locally as 37-year-old James Nolan, who was from the Clara area.

It's understood the fatal crash happened less than 300 metres from his home.

Mr Nolan was known as a talented hurler and won county honours with his local Clara senior hurling team, as well as representing Kilkenny at under-21 level.

The road has been closed to allow for a technical examination by forensic collision investigators.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward and anyone with camera footage, including dash-cam footage, has been asked to make it available.

The incident is being investigated by gardaí in Thomastown and anyone with information can contact the station on 0567754150 or any garda station.