Post-mortem due on woman killed by cattle in tragic farm accident
Published 21/10/2016 | 14:04
The post-mortem into the death of an elderly woman who died after she was attacked by cattle is to be carried out today.
Breige McKeefry, who was in her 70s, passed away after the incident on the family farm near Swatragh, Co Derry.
It is understood the mother-of-six was working with livestock when she was attacked and received injuries to her head.
She was taken to Causeway Hospital, but died a short time later. Following the completion of the post-mortem, her body will be returned home for burial.
Mrs McKeefry leaves behind her husband, Mickey, and their children, Michele, Fiona, Brendan, Olive, Michael and Johnny.
East Londonderry MLA Adrian McQuillan, who knows the family well, said she was a very hard-working woman who came from a well-respected family.
"She was a woman who was very light on her feet - she was always very busy," he added. "When I worked as a postman, I used to call in to their home for cups of tea. They are a very decent family, a close family, a very ordinary country family."
He stressed that such incidents were a reminder that farming was dangerous. "Many people around Garvagh have said how her tragic death is and it drives home how dangerous an occupation farming is," Mr McQuillan added. "The community is very shocked."