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Murder investigation launched as body of man found at house

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The scene is currently preserved for a technical and forensic examination
The scene is currently preserved for a technical and forensic examination

Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found at a house earlier today.

Officers in Sligo have launched an investigation into the death of a man found in the town this afternoon. 

The discovery was made shortly after 1pm when Gardaí were called to an apartment on Holborn Street.

The man, who is aged in his late 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was named locally as Martin Kivlehan.

It was reported he had received stab wounds, and Gardai are treating the death as suspicious. 

The scene is currently preserved for a technical and forensic examination, Gardai said. 

The Office of the State Pathologist and the local coroner have been notified.

The investigation is ongoing, Gardai said. 

The man, a former carpenter who lived alone, comes from a well-known family in the area.

Local councillor Seamus O’Boyle said that he knew Mr Kivlehan for over 30 years.

He said that he was well known within the community and was “a character that was very well respected within the community."