Thursday 23 February 2017

Shock as teen sports star killed after sustaining head injuries in farm tragedy

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Adam Mangan, from Kilclonfert, Co Offaly, who died on Saturday
Adam Mangan, from Kilclonfert, Co Offaly, who died on Saturday

A talented sports star lost his life during a farm accident, plunging a rural community into mourning.

Adam Mangan died after being involved in a farmyard accident in Co Offaly on Saturday evening.

It is understood that the 19-year-old sustained fatal head injuries while working with equipment - which included a trailer - on a farm near Derryarkin, close to the village of Rhode in Co Offaly.

The young man, who was from the Kilclonfert area, was a promising athlete and student who played county football at minor level.

He also played rugby with Tullamore and represented Leinster and Ireland at youth level.

The young man, who was studying to be a teacher in the University of Limerick, was last night remembered as a "leader" who was "full of the joys of life".

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Padraig Boland, chairperson of the Offaly County Board, said the entire community has been left devastated by the passing of the "decorated footballer".

"Adam was a young man who had leadership qualities on and off the field. He played with the Offaly minor team for two years," Mr Boland said.

"He was a young man that was full of the joys of life, he really was. He played centre field for his club.

"His loss is felt by everybody in Offaly GAA. But our thoughts are first and foremost with his parents and siblings."

The late man had three brothers - two older and one younger - and Mr Boland said he had a "big smile" which "opened the door to many a friendship".

"And he had the personality to get him over the threshold as well. He was just a very special young man," he added.

The talented athlete was a promising rugby player and was part of the Ireland Under-18 squad in recent years.

He was involved with Tullamore Rugby Club, which sympathised with the Mangan family on their "tragic loss".

"A talent footballer who always had a smile for everyone, it was a pleasure to have him represent Tullamore Rugby Club," they wrote online.

The young man, known fondly to some of his friends as 'Mango', came from a farming background, but the tragic accident which claimed his life occurred in another yard in the local area.

It is understood that he was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore where a post-mortem was due to be carried out.

Both the gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the accident, which occurred shortly after 4.30pm on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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