Tributes paid to musician found dead in Sligo

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a musician whose body was discovered along the Sligo coastline.

TRAGEDY: The body of 29-year-old Stephen Martin was discovered in Strandhill on Saturday.
TRAGEDY: The body of 29-year-old Stephen Martin was discovered in Strandhill on Saturday.

The body of Stevie Martin was discovered on Strandhill beach on Saturday last. It is understood that the 29-year-old had been missing for the past three weeks.

Stevie Martin, who performs under the stage name Rainy Boy Sleep was last seen in Derry about three weeks ago.

The musician’s car was discovered last week near Fanad lighthouse in Co. Donegal. He had been living in Limavady for years, although he was originally from Lifford in County Donegal.

People from the music world have paid tribute to the late Stevie Martin.

The organisers of the Stendhal Festival of Art, a festival which Martin had performed at on numerous occasions, and which took place over the weekend in Limavady, have paid tribute to their “wonderful friend”.

“In the grand scheme of things this will always be remembered as an incredibly bitter-sweet year for us.

“The success of the event will always be tinged with sadness as the team up here have lost a wonderful friend in Stevie Martin.

“He was an incredibly popular, respected and loved young man in these parts, with talent to burn,” Event Director Ross Parkhill said.

On the official twitter feed of Northern band Snow Patrol, tributes have also been paid the musician.

“Sad to hear the news of Stephen Martin. Love & thoughts are with his family,” the band tweeted.

Singer Mickey Joe Harte also paid his respects to the late Stevie Martin. “Been a week most Lifford folk would like to forget, but not this guy or his music,” the fellow Lifford man said.

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