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Friday 28 April 2017

Rural community in shock after farmer dies in quad bike tragedy

Eoghan MacConnell

It’s understood Mr Nolan died while herding livestock and an overturned quad bike was found near his body (Stock picture)
It’s understood Mr Nolan died while herding livestock and an overturned quad bike was found near his body (Stock picture)

A rural community has been left in shock following the death of an elderly farmer in a quad bike accident on his farm.

The dead man has been named locally as popular farmer Jody Nolan.

Mr Nolan, who was in his early 80s, was pronounced dead on his farm land at Coole, Croghan, Rhode, Co Offaly, at around 9pm on Wednesday.

It's understood he died while herding livestock and an overturned quad bike was found near his body.

He lived on the farm with his brother Paddy and has a number of siblings living in the locality. Mr Nolan was a founding member of St Brigid's GAA Club in Croghan.

"Everyone is in shock really. It's unbelievable, you expect somebody of that age to die in their bed," club spokeswoman Shiela Foy said.

"He was a lovely quiet man, a gentleman, there if you needed him."

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has launched an investigation into Mr Nolan's death.

A HSA spokesperson confirmed an inspector had been dispatched to the scene yesterday.


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