Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

Well-known farmer and dad-of-three killed in farm tragedy was 'an incredibly hard-working individual'

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Amy Molloy and Louise Hogan

A farmer who died following a farming accident in Co Wexford this afternoon was an "incredibly hard-working individual" who will be greatly missed, a relative has said.

The well-known farmer, in his thirties, was involved in a farming accident involving a molasses tank and is understood to have been changing a pipe at the time of the tragedy.

The deceased has three young children and the family is one of the most well-known farming families in Ireland, with numerous ploughing accolades won by various members of the family.

Health and Safety Authority (HSA) inspectors are attending the scene of the accident in Foulksmills, Co Wexford.

National Ploughing Association director Anna May McHugh extended her sympathies to the family today.

"My deepest sympathy to his wife and his three children who are very young," said Mrs McHugh.

"We are deeply saddened."

Meanwhile, a man in his 80s is in critical condition following a separate incident in a house near Ballycullane, Co Wexford.

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The man was airlifted to hospital after the accident.

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