Saturday 24 September 2016

Eight cows electrocuted by fallen power cable

Pat Flynn

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Eight cattle died after an overhead power line fell on a field near Calluragh South near Lahinch, Co Clare
Eight cattle died after an overhead power line fell on a field near Calluragh South near Lahinch, Co Clare

ESB Networks has confirmed it is investigating an incident where an overhead power cable fell and electrocuted eight cattle.

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It is understood the cattle died after an overhead power line fell on a field near Calluragh South near Lahinch, Co Clare, last Friday. The cattle belonged to three different farmers.

The alarm was raised at around 4pm when the ESB was contacted by a local farmer. The incident also resulted in a power outage in the area that affected about 1,000 customers.

A spokesman for ESB Networks said: "A fault occurred in Ennistymon which resulted in a single overhead conductor coming in contact with and causing the loss of eight cattle.

"This incident also resulted in the loss of electricity supply to 1,000 customers. Repair crews from ESB Networks were immediately dispatched and, after initial inspection, they began carrying out repair works. They also contacted the affected landowners."

One farmer, who didn't want to be named, said: "I lost two cows but no one was hurt and that's what really matters. The ESB responded very quickly."

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