Gardaí are investigating the death of a 52-year-old man found in the centre of Portlaoise in the early hours of this morning.
The man was discovered at around 3.20am lying unconscious at Market Square in the town.
He was taken by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Gardaí have launched an investigation into the incident and the scene remains sealed off this afternoon pending a full technical and forensic examination.
The State pathologist has been notified and a post-mortem examination is due to take place later this afternoon at the Midlands Regional Hospital.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Market Square between 3am and 3.30am today to contact them at Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.