Gardaí in north Co Cork are continuing a forensic and technical examination of a scene where a 51-year-old woman was stabbed a number of times yesterday afternoon.

The woman is being treated in hospital and her condition is described as serious but stable.

She was attacked as she walked her dog close to the caravan where she lives in an isolated area around 8km from the village of Banteer.

The man who attacked her is known to her.

Both are originally from Eastern Europe.

The woman was rushed to Cork University Hospital where she underwent emergency treatment last night.

The man was found following a search involving members of the armed support unit from Cork city.

He also had stab wounds and is currently being treated in Cork University Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

His injuries are not life-threatening.

No arrests have been made in the garda investigation.

It is understood detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.