The body of man in his 40s, who’s not been named, was found in the basement of a three-storey, three-bedroom townhouse in a North Cork village yesterday.
Gardai sealed off No 10 Manor Mills in Rathcormac, near Fermoy, following the discovery at around 11am.
People living in the quiet estate, which is 10 years old, expressed shock at the unfolding scene as gardaí arrived in force to carry out their investigation.
Many residents said they commute to work from the village and knew little of the dead Polish man, who is believed to have lived in the rented property for only a couple of months along with at least two other people.
It’s understood the other occupants of the house were being spoken to by gardaí.
Gardaí cordoned off the house and a red Volkswagen Passat which was parked in the driveway and a silver Peugeot 206, which was parked directly in front of the house.
Ewa Kaczmarek, a young Polish mother who lives in the estate, said she knew the victim to see, but didn’t interact with him.
Ms Kaczmarek, who has little English, said that the dead man had some friends in Fermoy and had been living in the property for “maybe two months”.
Another neighbour, an Englishman, said many people in the estate didn’t know each other.
“This is a very quiet estate. It’s [the man’s death] a bit of a concern. This is North Cork, not downtown Chicago,” he said.
Young mother Breda Griffin said the cordoned off scene was a shock to everybody living in the estate.
“This is a very quiet area. Nearly everybody is commuting to work. It’s only those with kids who know each other here because the kids play together. This is a shock,” she said.
Deputy State Pathologist Linda Mulligan arrived at the scene shortly before 4pm and went into the basement of the house accompanied by garda crime scene forensic experts from the Cork City and Cork North Garda Divisions to conduct a preliminary post mortem.
She emerged about 15 minutes later and then went in the red main front door entrance of the property to examine the rest of the house.
Senior gardaí, including Superintendent Mick McGuire and Detective Inspector Brian Goulding, spoke to her before the man’s body was removed by local undertaker, James Ronayne, who took it to the mortuary at Cork University Hospital where the postmortem will be carried out this morning.