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