Updated: 01/09/15 : 12:49:44
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Man arrested over murder of Sligo musician Matt Kivlehan

A man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with the murder of Martin “Matt” Kivlehan in Sligo town on Monday, August 3rd.

The body of musician Mr Kivlehan (59) was discovered at his home on Holborn Street in the town centre.

A knife was recovered by gardaí in the area. A postmortem later confirmed Mr Kivlehan died as a result of stab wounds.

The man is currently being detained at Ballymote Garda Station in under Section 30 of Offences Against the State Against Act, 1939.

Third Arrest

Today’s arrest is the third in connection with the murder.

A man in his late 20s and his sister in her mid-20s were arrested by gardaí on August 3rd.

They were later released without charge and a file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Kivlehan, who was well known as a musician, was also been a skilled carpenter and cabinetmaker.

At his funeral last month  heartfelt tributes were paid to him by his brother Christy who played a CD recording of his brother on his beloved banjo.

There was a round of applause when the complex traditional Irish piece was finished as Christy Kivlehan spoke of a brother who was gentle, kind and witty - and who loved music.

'Gifted Individual'

Father Hugh McGonagle told mourners that Matt had been a gifted individual from an early age, was a celebrated carpenter and had made his first guitar when he was just 11.

A tribute was also paid on television to Mr Kivlehan during the Fleadh in Sligo.

Local performer and producer Seamie O'Dowd was appearing on a live broadcast on TG4.

He dedicated the song ''Rocket to the Moon'' by Scottish band Runrig to Mr Kivlehan.