Sunday 11 December 2016

Community left 'shattered' by young father's death on farm

Published 14/11/2016 | 02:30

Both the Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority are carrying out an investigation of the incident. Stock picture
Both the Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority are carrying out an investigation of the incident. Stock picture

A community has been left in "terrible sadness" after a 43-year-old farmer was killed in a farming accident.

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Shane Foley from Barnfield in Currow, Co Kerry died on Saturday following an incident when he was removing a hedge cutter from a tractor.

The accident occurred at approximately 4pm on Saturday.

Local councillor Brendan Cronin said that there is a "terrible sadness across the whole community" at the death of the popular farmer.

It is understood that Mr Foley, who was highly involved in local GAA circles, had young children.

Cllr Cronin expressed his sympathies to Mr Foley's young family.

He said: "It's a terrible tragedy for the whole community, for his friends and for his family.

"The community is shattered; it's a devastating blow for his wife and young children.

"I want to pass on my sincere condolences."

Cllr Cronin described Mr Foley as a "great community man" who was involved in all aspects of the parish.

"He was a very well known man in the community. He was very involved in the parish and the local GAA club.

"There is a terrible sadness across the whole community. It's absolutely devastating."

The 43-year-old was taken to University Hospital Kerry where a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

Investigation

Both the Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority are carrying out an investigation of the incident.

This is the second farm death to happen in Kerry in recent weeks, and the fifteenth in the country this year. On average, 19 people are killed in farm accidents every year.

Less than two weeks ago, a 70-year-old farmer was killed in Lixnaw.

Meanwhile, a man in his 50s was killed in a road accident in Limerick.

He was the driver of a car which collided with another vehicle on the R524 Cooke West, Athea, at about 9.30pm on Saturday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the other car was unhurt.

An investigation is under way to establish the cause of the accident and the road remained closed yesterday as Garda technical officers examined the scene.

Irish Independent

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