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Gardai at the scene in Bandon Road, Cork, where Cameron Blair was stabbed. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Gardai at the scene in Bandon Road, Cork, where Cameron Blair was stabbed. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cameron Blair
 Photo: Germac.ie

Cameron Blair Photo: Germac.ie

Gardai at the scene in Bandon Road, Cork, where Cameron Blair was stabbed. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A murder probe has been launched following the death of an engineering student who was stabbed in the neck when a group of young men gatecrashed a house party in Cork.

Cork Institute of Technology student Cameron Blair (20) was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) shortly after 9.20pm on Thursday where he died from his injuries.

It is understood the talented sportsman was stabbed in the neck when a group of young men gatecrashed and were asked to leave.

The fatal stabbing of the second year student happened at Bandon Road on the southside of Cork city.

Collapsed

Emergency services attended a terraced house after reports a man had been seriously injured at a house party attended by around 20 people.

It emerged the student staggered on to the road and collapsed before dying in hospital.

The post-mortem examination took place yesterday afternoon at CUH. Gardai said the results of the post-mortem were "not being released for operational reasons".

His death has sent shockwaves through his native Ballinascarthy, west Co Cork.

Cameron is survived by his parents, Noel and Cathy, and his younger brother, Alan, who attends Bandon Grammar School.

Cameron had a great passion for rugby. Four years ago he was the flag-bearer at an Ireland v Italy rugby match in front of 50,000 people.

In an interview with the Southern Star newspaper, the then 16-year-old said the Irish Independent prize was a dream come true.

"This really is an opportunity of a lifetime and I never dreamt that I would win such an amazing prize," he said.

"I have been playing rugby for Bandon Rugby club for over seven years and also play for my school, Bandon Grammar School. One of my favourite players is Robbie Henshaw."

Tributes have poured in for Cameron. Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, said the student was well known and regarded in the community.

"Cameron was well known in his local community, including as a rugby player and athlete," he said.

"Having had student children myself, I know well that a calamity such as this on a night out is every parent's worst nightmare. My heart goes out to the Blair family."

Fine Gael councillor Marie O'Sullivan, who is from Bandon, said her heart was broken for the family of the victim.

"They are an absolutely fabulous family. I have two boys myself and it is terrible to think you could say goodbye to your boys in the morning and they are not coming back to you in the evening. His mother is one of the most gentle people I know," she said.

"He played rugby with his school and had everything going for him. A beautiful child with a beautiful personality. It is a nightmare."