Farm Ireland

Saturday 19 January 2019

'Community stunned' as Gardai investigation continues into tragic farm death of woman

TRAGEDY: The scene of the incident. Photo: Hany Marzouk
TRAGEDY: The scene of the incident. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Alan O'Keeffe

A Garda forensic team and a pathologist examined the scene of an incident yesterday where a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on a farm.

The body of Chrissie Treacy (75) remained at the scene overnight on her family farm at Boula, near Portumna, Co Galway.

The scene remained preserved pending the arrival of members of the Garda Technical Bureau and the Office of the State Pathologist, said gardai.

The incident happened shortly after 4pm on Friday when she was "fatally injured when struck by an agricultural vehicle" at the rear of her home on the farm, said gardai.

Gardai and emergency services went to the scene where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Her body was removed yesterday for a post-mortem examination. Local people expressed sadness at the death of the elderly woman, who was single and living alone.

Locals said a teleporter vehicle was working on the farm when the incident occurred.

Parish priest Fr Michael Byrnes was called to the scene of the accident.

"This is a terrible tragedy. To say this small community was stunned would be an understatement," said Fr Byrnes.

"People are genuinely saddened at the death of this warm, hard-working lady who was well known," he added.

Former parish priest Fr Brendan Lawless said: "It was a very tragic accident. She was the last of her generation on the farm. Her late brothers won cups and prizes for their cattle.

"She was very kind and generous to everybody and regularly attended day care in the area," he added.

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