A former mayor of Limerick has appealed for calm after a man was stabbed to death at a house in the county last night.
Shane Murphy, 31, of Lee Estate, Island Road, Limerick City, was discovered at a house at The Grove housing estate in Pallasgreen, 22km from his home address.
Gardai would not comment publicly on Mr Murphy's gruesome death, however sources said he died after he attempted to intervene in a separate incident involving another man and a woman.
Mr Murphy sustained stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and arms, the source added.
A 34-year old woman also stabbed during the incident was taken to hospital for non-threatening injuries.
It's understood both Mr Murphy and the woman were attending a party with six to eight others at the house in Pallasgreen when the incident occurred.
Former Limerick Mayor and Independent councillor John Gilligan who is one of Mr Murphy's neighbours, said: "I know (Shane) alright. His mother Kathleen died a little over 12 months ago. My deepest sympathies go out to Shane and his family, and for a young man to die in such circumstances is something which is absolutely appalling."
"It is something nobody can stand over."
"His family and friends will grieve, and I'm sure the people involved are facing a very bleak future as well. 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.
His body was removed from the scene this afternoon and taken to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem conducted by the State Pathologist.
The house where Mr Murphy's body was discovered remained sealed of by Gardai. A separate green area near the house was also cordoned off to allow Garda forensic officers search for a weapon.
Gardai said two men, aged 20 and 32 were been questioned about Mr Murphy's death.
They were been held at Henry Street and Roxboro Road garda stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Locals in the normally quiet village of Pallasgreen said they were "shocked" at the killing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Bruff on 061 382940, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.