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Monday 26 June 2017

Tributes pour in for 'irreplaceable' father-of-three who died in workplace accident

Jim Duffy was a treasured member of Walsh Island GAA Club
Jim Duffy was a treasured member of Walsh Island GAA Club
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A community is in mourning after the tragic death of an ‘irreplaceable’ father-of-three.

Jim Duffy died yesterday in a workplace accident after he fell from a wall in Portarlington.

Mr Duffy of Walsh Island, who was in his 50s, was a father of three sons and survived by his wife Catherine.

Councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick of Portarlington said that Mr Duffy was “well-liked by everyone in the community".

“He produced a CD in aid of the children’s cancer unit in Crumlin Hospital; that should give you an idea of the kind of person he was,” he said.

Mr Duffy was very involved in the local community, especially through the GAA club where he was a committee member.

Walsh Island GAA Chairman Martin Carty described Mr Duffy as ‘"irreplaceable" to the community while speaking on Midlands 103.

“His sense of community, everything was built around the community and his family. He’d done so much great work around the village, he was our caretaker up the GAA fields; he had the place looking absolutely fantastic.”

The Walsh Island GAA Club posted this statement on Facebook today: “Jim was a valued committee member and played a huge role in the development of the GAA grounds in the last number of years. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.

“To his wife Catherine, his sons Martin, Kieran & Joseph. His brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and extended family, our heartfelt condolences go out to you at this time. Heaven has gained another angel.”

Comments on the club’s post described Mr Duffy as “a people person”, “a lovely man” and “a character”.

One person said Mr Duffy was “always chatty and smiling, so trustworthy, a man with all the old qualities hard to find nowadays, your loss will truly be felt around the village”.

Jim Duffy fell from a height of two metres after a roof section and walls collapsed in the building where he was working around 10.30am yesterday. He was rushed to the Midland Regional Hospital and pronounced dead there later.

The Health and Safety Authority are investigating the incident.

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