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Man stabbed to death in Sligo described as “the nicest fellow you could meet”

Man stabbed to death in Sligo described as “the nicest fellow you could meet”

Gardai have launched an investigation after a man was found stabbed to death at his home in Sligo.

The victim - named locally as Matt Kivlehan - was discovered with stab wounds at his house on Holborn Street, Sligo, at around 1pm yesterday by a friend.

He was pronounced dead by emergency services.

The scene was examined last night by the Deputy State Pathologist, Michael Curtis, who arrived in Sligo after 8pm.

Detectives have retrieved a knife found close to the body.

Mr Kivlehan (59), who comes from a well-respected family in the area, lived alone at the house.

Sources said they were investigating if Mr Kivlehan, who was also known as Martin, was stabbed during a dispute.

Among the people gardai are seeking to interview is a woman seen with Mr Kivlehan over the holiday weekend.

Publican Jackie Brennan, who owns the nearby Rendezvous Bar, was also a friend of the deceased and described him as a "wonderful musician".

"He was the nicest fellow you could meet - a bit placid and timid," he told the Herald.

Mr Kivlehan, who was a qualified carpenter from a family of seven, also had a partner, but she is not the woman being sought by gardai.

Local councillor Seamus O'Boyle described the victim, who he knew for over 30 years, as a "gentleman".

"Everyone would have known him in the area," Mr O'Boyle said.

Meanwhile, a Limerick man has been killed in an incident in North Carolina, USA.

Police officers at the Davidson County Sheriff's Office are investigating after Limerick man Jason Corbett (39), originally from the Janesboro area of the city, was found with fatal head injuries.

Emergency medical treatment was given at the scene, but Mr Corbett subsequently died from his injuries.

The incident occurred on Sunday morning at Panther Creek Court in Wallburg.

Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said that detectives were following definite lines of inquiry.

"There are persons of interest [in this case]," Sheriff Grice said in a statement.

It's understood that the item used to inflict the injury was found at the scene.

Robin Schiller and Paddy Clancy