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Saturday 24 June 2017

Farmer who died in farm accident was from family steeped in Irish history

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Tom Hales leads the parade to the monument at the 88th Anniversary of The Kilmichael ambush- commemoration at Kilmichael ambush site recently. Pic: Irish Examiner.
Tom Hales leads the parade to the monument at the 88th Anniversary of The Kilmichael ambush- commemoration at Kilmichael ambush site recently. Pic: Irish Examiner.

The 83-year-old farmer who died in a quad bike accident this week was from a family steeped in history and carried the Irish flag at a recent commemorative event.

Tom Hales died on Tuesday when the quad bike he was on overturned near his home in Carrigroe, Enniskeane, Cork.

Tom was the son of former Fianna Fáil TD Tom Hales, who fought in both the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Tom was also the nephew of Sean Hales TD, who was shot in December 1922 during the Civil War.

Tom was heavily involved in the local historical societies and was pictured just two weeks ago when he carried an Irish flag at the commemorations of the Kilmichael Ambush of 1920.

Tom driving his Lanz Bulldog vintage tractor. Pic: Ahiohill & District Classic & Vintage Club.
Tom driving his Lanz Bulldog vintage tractor. Pic: Ahiohill & District Classic & Vintage Club.

He was also involved in vintage machinery and was a founding member of Ahiohill and District Classing and Vintage Club.

One club member described Tom as "a man who always turned out with his machinery regardless of the weather. He had great time for anyone involved in or interested in machinery."

Tom himself kept a number of vintage machines, including a German-built Lanz Bulldog tractor.

His death is the second to hit the Cork farming community this year and brings to 18 the total number of farm fatalities in Ireland this year.

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