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Saturday 18 November 2017

Farmer and father of All Ireland winner dies in tragic farm accident

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The funeral will take place today of Tipperary farmer and GAA stalwart Tom Kennedy who was killed in a farming accident.

The Health and Safety Authority confirmed the death of the farmer in a farm accident in Ballycahill, Thurles, over the weekend.

It is understood the 74-year-old farmer was found near a tractor and trailer at 12pm on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services his body was transferred to University Hospital Limerick.

The HSA confirmed an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The farmer from from Clogheraily, Loughmore, outside Templemore, North Tipperary was an extensive livestock and dairy farmer and is survived by sons and daughters.

Among his sons was David Kennedy who played centre back on the Tipperary team who won the All-Ireland senior championship in 2001.

The is the seventh farming fatality in Ireland this year. On average 19 people die on Irish farms every year.

Speaking to recently Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland, with responsibility for agriculture said ongoing efforts by the HSA to reduce the number of farm deaths would continue to focus on education and raising awareness of the dangers on farms. "We approach the agricultural sector in a more preventative role, different to other sectors.

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"Inspections are never going to solve the problem. We have 130,000 farm units and with 2,500 or 3,000 farm inspections year it's going to take a long time to visit every farm.

"Farm inspections are a way of sampling what is out there and seeing how things are and where the major risks are and try to develop systems that will help the farming community to deal with those risks."

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