Community in shock at man’s body discovered with severe injuries in Sligo: ‘He kept himself to himself’

Breda Heffernan and Allison Bray

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a man’s body in unexplained circumstances in Sligo on Monday evening.

The man, who was aged in his late 30s, was discovered in a house in the Cartron area of the town at around 8.30pm.

It is understood the man was discovered with severe injuries to his body, in particular his neck.

The body remains at the scene and the scene is being preserved as members of the Garda Technical Bureau conduct a technical examination.

Gardaí have requested the services of the Office of the State Pathologist.

A garda spokesperson last night said the results of a post-mortem examination will determine the course of their investigation.

Neighbours living in the private housing estate on the outskirts of Sligo town where the man’s body was found, were said to be in shock at the discovery.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Arthur Gibbons, who lives in the Cartron housing estate in the Ballytivnan area of Sligo, said neighbours were stunned when two ambulances and numerous uniform and plainclothes gardaí descended on the house at around 8.30pm.

He said gardaí are conducting door-to-door enquiries and examining CCTV footage.

"We don’t know that the circumstances are,” he told

"But people are very shocked to have this happen on your doorstep.”

He said he understands the dead man was living alone.

"I’ve seen him but I don’t think I’ve ever met him once.

“He was a very low profile man and he kept himself to himself,” he said.

"I’ve never seen anyone going into the house,” he added.

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