The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL DEER­ING

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.

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