Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 February 2018

'A great craftsman' - Tributes paid to farmer killed instantly as quad overturns

Tony O'Malley
Tony O'Malley

Tom Shiel

A 67-year-old Co Mayo man became the second victim of a farm tragedy within a week when his quad overturned while he was spreading weedkiller.

The victim, named locally as Anthony (Tony) O'Malley, Derrew, Ballyheane, Castlebar, was killed instantly.

A post-mortem examination took place at Mayo University Hospital. Both An Garda Siochána and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have begun an investigation.

It is understood the accident was discovered on Thursday evening when his wife, Katie, began looking for him after he failed to come indoors for his evening meal.

The local community is devastated by the loss of the popular farmer, who retired about two years ago from his post as a member of the outdoor staff of Mayo County Council.

"Tony was a great craftsman," said Michael Kilcoyne, an elected member of Mayo County Council. "He was well known in Castlebar for his work over the years, both with Castlebar Town Council and subsequently Mayo County Council."

Mr Kilcoyne expressed his deepest sympathy to the family.

Mr O'Malley is survived by his wife Katie and son Kevin.

His tragic death was the second farm fatality this week.

On Tuesday, Martin Kehoe Jnr, son of the world renowned ploughman Martin Kehoe Snr, died in an agricultural accident involving a molasses tank.

Mr Kehoe's death cast a cloud over the National Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly this week.

Irish Independent