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Farmer (70) who died was 'great community man' hugely involved in local politics


The 70-year-old farmer who died tragically this week on his farm outside Birr was known throughout his community for his political involvement and was 'a great community man'.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Peter Ormond paid tribute to Rody Carroll, who died while working on his farm at Dowras, outside Five Alley, Birr.

"Rody was a great community man. He was deeply involved in the local Fiannal Fail cumman and I always enjoyed meeting him."

According to Ormond, Rody was hugely proud of his Derrinlough neighbours the Bulfins - whose ancestor Eamon Bulfin raised the Irish flag over the GPO at Easter 1916.

This interest in politics and history was a large part of Rody's life, according to Ormond, and he had participated in local 1916 commemorations last year.

"Rody was to the forefront of our organisation. He was a member of the local cumman and was very active in the party. He was known throughout the community for his involvement in Fianna Fail politics."

Mr Carroll was one of three men to die tragically in farming accidents in the past week and one of two to die on Thursday. He is survived by his wife and five children.

In Wexford, 26-year-old John Kennedy, of Moneyribbon, Coolgreaney, Gorey, Co Wexford, was helping his father with the early morning milking, when an accident involving a quad bike occurred on the farm and he died.

Last weekend, Tommy Flynn, a married father of two, was found with serious head injuries on his farm in Roscommon and passed away later.

The recent tragedies bring to four the number of people who have died on Irish farms this year. The Health and Safety Authority has warned farmers that spring is a busy time on farms and extra care should be taken when handling cattle and working with machinery.

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