MAN IS HELD OVER DEATH
SLIGO has been shocked at the sudden death of a well known chiropractor following an incident at a house in Connemara on Sunday.
Gardaí at Salthill are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the death of Charles (Charlie) Townsend (64).
A post mortem was completed at University Hospital Galway on Monday. Gardaí say the findings are not being released at this time for operational reasons. One man, believed to be in his 70s, was released from custody yesterday evening, and investigations are ongoing.
Shortly after 9am on Sunday Gardaí were called to a house in Baile na hAbhann, Connemara where ambulance service personnel were treating Mr Townsend following an alleged assault.
He was removed from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital Galway where he later passed away. A man in his 70s was arrested following the incident believed to be at another location and was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Galway Garda Station.
The scene was preserved for examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.
Mr Townsend, who was single, lived at Union, Ballisodare and was one of the country’s leading chiropractors.
Clients travelled from all over the country to see Mr Townsend such was his expertise.
He was well known and liked throughout Sligo and was described as a kind an affable man who was dedicated to his work.
Mr Townsend’s late father, Charles G. was former owner of The Sligo Champion and Charles junior was also a brother of Niall and Michael Townsend who were proprietors of the newspaper for many years before its sale in 2008 to Independent News and Media.
Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced later in the week.
The late Charles (Charlie) Townsend.