'Hobby farmer' crushed to death in tragic tractor accident
Published 30/07/2011 | 05:00
A farmer was crushed to death by a tractor on his farm as he picked stones with his wife.
Darren Philpott (66) was carrying out some reclamation work on his lands in Banteer, Co Cork, on Thursday afternoon when the accident occurred.
Mr Philpott, a semi-retired carpenter and father of two adult daughters, was originally from Banteer but was living in Coolcaslagh, Killarney, Co Kerry, with his family.
It is understood that Mr Philpott had gotten out of his tractor and was picking stones when the tractor began to move and rolled over him.
The tragedy occurred at around 12pm and Mr Philpott was pronounced dead at the scene.
His remains were taken to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
An investigation is under way by gardai in Kanturk, Co Cork, and the Health and Safety Authority.
Mr Philpott's brother-in-law John Kelly said the family was deeply shocked by the tragedy.
"Darren was a hobby farmer and often did some work on his farm in Banteer since he semi-retired. He had been a carpenter for most of his life," Mr Kelly told the Irish Independent.
"We're still unsure about the circumstances and what happened but it was an awful shock," he added.
Mr Philpott's death brings the number of people who died tragically on Irish farms so far this year to 14.
Mr Philpott is survived by his wife Sheila and his daughters Antoinette and Majella.