Ploughmen join together in emotional minute's silence for fallen comrade
A minute’s silence took place to mark the death of former National ploughman and father of three Martin Kehoe Jnr ahead of the competition his father was due to take part in at the Ploughing today.
In the National Ploughing Tent a single candle burnt throughout the day to mark the event.
It was placed there by the charity Embrace, which offers support to families who have lost of a loved one in a farming accident.
Martin Kehoe Jnr, a son of Martin Kehoe, the world champion ploughman was a well-known farmer in his thirties, died yesterday when he was involved in a farming accident involving a molasses tank. It is understood that he was changing a pipe when tragedy struck.
Speaking at the farm where the tragedy happened, the victim's uncle Willie Kehoe said; "It's terrible. Martin was the best of the best.
"It's an unbelievable disaster."
The grieving uncle said the whole family was completely stunned by what had happened and today in Tullamore his ploughing compatriots paid tribute to the young man.
Martin Junior and his wife Kerrie had recently celebrated the birth of their third child, a son, just three months ago and the couple also had two young daughters.