A man has died and a woman is in a serious condition in hospital following a single-car crash in Co Clare.

The incident happened at around 3.40am at Carraig Hill, Woodcock Hill, off the old Limerick to Cratloe Road, when the car hit a tree.

Emergency services attempted to revive the man but they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman, 25, was treated at the scene before being taken to University Hospital Limerick, where she is in a serious condition.

The road was closed for a forensic examination but has since reopened.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Mayorstone Garda station on 061 456980, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.