Gardai seek to quiz eight party-goers after man stabbed to death
Gardai are hoping to question up to eight people who were in a house around the time that the body of a man was discovered with stab wounds on Thursday night.
Shane Murphy (31) of Lee Estate, Limerick City, was discovered by emergency services with multiple stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and arms.
He was pronounced dead at the house at The Grove housing estate in Pallasgreen, Co Limerick.
A 34-year-old woman, who was also stabbed, is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at University Hospital Limerick.
Sources said Mr Murphy was stabbed after he attempted to intervene in a separate incident involving the woman and another man.
It's believed that up to eight people were attending a party in the house prior to the Mr Murphy's death. Two men have been arrested as part of the garda probe.
The incident occurred shortly after 11pm on Thursday.
Sources in the emergency services said they were responding to a call that a woman was being assaulted when they arrived at the house and discovered Mr Murphy's body.
His body was removed from the scene yesterday afternoon and taken to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem conducted by the State Pathologist. Gardai carried out forensic examinations at the house.
"Two men, aged 20 and 32, have been arrested in connection with this investigation and are currently detained at Henry Street and Roxboro Road Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984," a spokesman for the gardai said.
Gardai are awaiting the results of a full post mortem, before deciding the next step of their investigation.
Former Limerick Mayor and Independent councillor John Gilligan who is one of Mr Murphy's neighbours, appealed for calm after the brutal attack.
"For a young man to die in such circumstances is something which is absolutely appalling," he said. "It is something nobody can stand over.
"So, I would appeal at this particular time that one tragedy is enough, and I wouldn't like it to go any further," Cllr Gilligan added.
Mr Murphy, who has three brothers and five sisters, is understood to have been in a relationship with a woman who was living in Pallasgreen for the past few months.
Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Bruff Garda Station on 061 382940, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.