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Friday 9 December 2016

Gardai quiz brother and sister over fatal stabbing of musician

'Matt' Kivlehan was stabbed
'Matt' Kivlehan was stabbed

A woman and her brother were being quizzed by detectives last night about the brutal murder of a musician.

Martin Kivlehan, known by friends as Matt, was stabbed a number of times at his home in Sligo.

Forensic teams spent a second day at his flat at Holborn Court, where his body was found on Monday afternoon.

Floral tributes and a bodhran were left at the scene in tribute to the accomplished banjo player.

A 25-year-old woman and her 29-year-old brother, who were arrested on Monday night, were being questioned at Sligo Garda Station.

It is understood that Mr Kivlehan had been stabbed a number of times and the murder weapon - a kitchen knife - was left discarded at the scene.

Gardai are studying CCTV images recorded outside the apartment block.

Forensic teams could be seen at the rear of the Holburn Street premises.

Independent councillor Seamus O'Boyle, a friend of Mr Kivlehan, said the killing had left everyone in the area numb.

"We're in shock at Matt's death already but for it then to become a murder inquiry has left us completely astounded," he said.

"He was one of life's true gentleman. Matt had been unwell in recent times so he wouldn't have played the banjo that often but he was a wonderful player and came from a very musical family in the town.

"Everyone is shocked at his death, but there is an added shock when someone you know so well is murdered like this.

"It's heart-breaking for his family."

Local musician Tabby Callaghan - who finished third in TV's first ever X Factor in 2004 - said Mr Kivlehan was the inspiration behind his music career.

"Music for me started with Matt and his friends playing in the local pubs," he said.

"It is a very sad time for his family and friends."

As gardai conducted door-to-door inquiries in the streets around the murder scene, a spokesman confirmed the former carpenter had died from multiple stab wounds.

Gardai are continuing to appeal for witnesses to contact the incident room at Sligo Garda Station 071 - 9157000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. or any Garda Station.

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