'We saw his green cap floating in the water'
Father tells of the tragic death of his son in a farm accident
Published 01/12/2016 | 12:11
Six-year-old James drowned on the family farm eight years ago, but the memory is still fresh in his father's mind
Speaking to RTE's Sean O'Rourke radio show, Padraig Higgins recounted how his son had just went across the farmyard to visit his grandfather.
But when he wasn't back shortly afterwards his parents were worried and went looking for him.
"After 15-20 minutes Joan went to see how he had got on but he hadn’t got there. We started to look for him and there was a hole in the garden and the water from the roof of the shed would filter into it and we saw the green cap floating on top of the water.
"It was meant to be filled in with stones and we didn’t realise the danger."
James, he said, was well used to farm life, helping out with chores on the farm near Shannonbridge, Offaly, but Padraig said a lot of farm accidents are caused by very simple things.
"He had his own farm tasks at the time and was well used to the farm, helping with calves, feeding cattle. The same as all children around the country he was involved in farming. It’s a great privilege to grow up on a farm.
"But children don’t understand the dangers and everything is new to the child on a farmyard."