Young man killed in 'tyre explosion' on family farm
A YOUNG man died when a tyre he was fitting to a trailer exploded in his face.
The death of 38-year-old TJ McDonagh comes almost 12 years to the day when his brother died in a motorcycle accident in 2002.
TJ, who was single and worked as an agricultural contractor, suffered devastating head injuries in the explosion on Wednesday night.
The incident occurred at approximately 7.30pm, in an outhouse at his home at Moher, near Liscannor, Co Clare.
The 38-year-old's father, Tommy, was just couple of hundred yards away when he heard a "massive explosion" in the distance.
"It's a family farm and he farmed beef all his life with his father," his uncle Paddy McDonagh told the Irish Independent.
"When his father heard the bang he ran over to see what had happened," added Paddy's wife, Eileen.
"He then called out to neighbours to get help. TJ was on the trailer and was about 100 yards from the family home," she said.
"There were two tyres; one exploded after the other.
"It seems it hit him on the side of the head and face."
It is the third tragedy to beset the family.
TJ's brother, Declan, died in a motorcycle accident in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, in 2002.
"It will be exactly 12 years this Monday since that happened," Eileen said. His uncle also died in a motorcycle tragedy in the 1960's.
TJ's mother, Mary, spent several months in hospital last year, when she was badly injured, following a fall off a ladder at her home.
This latest death brings to 20 the number of Irish people who have died on Irish farms this year.