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Sunday 4 December 2016

Duo questioned over the murder of musician released and re-arrested

Martin Kivlehan
Martin Kivlehan

A woman and a man who were being questioned by gardai about the murder of Sligo musician Martin 'Matt' Kivlehan have been released, but were in custody last night in connection with unrelated matters.

Mr Kivlehan's body was found at his apartment at Holborn Court in Sligo town on Monday afternoon. Gardai said he had been stabbed.

The popular banjo player and retired carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Forensic experts have spent two days at the scene of the murder.

Yesterday, a man in his 20s was in custody at Castlerea Prison in connection with an unrelated matter. A woman in her 20s was also in custody on an unrelated matter.

A garda spokesman said: "Two people who were being questioned about the murder of Mr Kivlehan (inset) have been released pending further inquiries.

"Both people were subsequently re-arrested in relation to other matters."

Mr Kivlehan's remains were released to his family yesterday. Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced today.

The murder has sent shockwaves through the community.

Dozens of floral tributes have been left outside the apartment where Mr Kivlehan died.

Tribute

One hand-written tribute at the scene read: "Keep playing the banjo up there, Matt. We miss you."

While the murder investigation continues, a large crowd of friends gathered close to Sligo Garda Station hoping for news.

Meanwhile, a death notice read: "Dearly loved son of the late Matthew and Mary Kivlehan and brother of Padraic, Teresa, Carmel, Tommy, Geraldine and Christy.

"Sadly missed by his loving family, dear life-long friend Kay, relatives, neighbours and many friends."

Publican, Jackie Brennan, who owns the nearby Rendezvous Bar, was a friend of the late Mr Kivlehan.

"He was a wonderful musician and played a number of instruments, especially the guitar," he said.

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