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Sunday 20 April 2014

Tributes pour in for telecom worker killed repairing lines

Michael O'Riordan

TRIBUTES have poured in following the death of a man who was working to help get the country back on its feet following devastating storms.

Michael O'Riordan, of Riverdale, Skibbereen, was killed while repairing Eircom lines in West Cork on Saturday afternoon.

The 65-year-old, who was married with three children, lost his life in the incident which happened at Adrigole on the Castletownbere to Glengarriff road at 2pm on Saturday.

It is understood Mr O'Riordan, a former Eircom worker who was sub-contracted to work for them, was climbing up a telephone pole when it fell, fatality injuring him.

However, the Health and Safety Authority is investigating the incident. Its inspectors carried out an investigation yesterday at the scene.

Mr O'Riordan was a popular and much-loved member of the Skibbereen and District Car Club, which released a statement paying tribute to him.

"The Skibbereen and District Car Club are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of club member, Michael (Mick) O'Riordan," it said.

"Mick was a popular member of the club and was Clerk of the Course of the Fastnet Rally, the premier event in the club."

Mr O'Riordan organised many of the car club's events and held the post of club secretary.

He also assisted at rallies throughout Ireland.

"Mick liked to help everyone. Sadly, as part of the crews involved in restoring services after the recent storms, he lost his life," the club said.

Yesterday's Loose Surface Autocross rally at Clonakilty was cancelled as a mark of respect for Mr O'Riordan and his family.

The Skibbereen and District Car Club PRO Padraig McCarthy said both he and his fellow members of the club were deeply shocked by the tragedy.

"Mick was a friend and mentor to me, and he will be sadly missed by us all," Mr McCarthy told the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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