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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'He was a lovely, kind, friendly man': Tributes paid to farmer killed in tractor accident

The 78-year-old who died when his tractor when it overturned in a cul-de-sac in the Tawnamore townland near Culleens, about three miles from Dromore West around 2.30pm on Saturday. Image: Google
The 78-year-old who died when his tractor when it overturned in a cul-de-sac in the Tawnamore townland near Culleens, about three miles from Dromore West around 2.30pm on Saturday. Image: Google

Sorcha Crowley

A man who died in a tragic tractor accident in Sligo last weekend has been named locally as West Sligo farmer Robert 'Sonny' Kilgannon, The Sligo Champion reports.

Tributes have been paid to the "kind and friendly" 78-year-old who died when his tractor when it overturned in a cul-de-sac in the Tawnamore townland near Culleens, about three miles from Dromore West around 2.30pm on Saturday.

His remains were removed to Sligo University Hospital where a post mortem examination was expected to have been carried out yesterday (Monday).

It is reported that the farmer managed to raise the alarm himself but had sadly passed away by the time the emergency services arrived.

It's not known how long it took the ambulance to reach him.

Ballymote Gardaí, who are investigating the fatality, said the farmer's tractor had left the road but he managed to make a call.

"He notified somebody that he was after having an accident but was found dead at the scene," said a senior Garda source.

"It was only a small little tractor. There was no other vehicle involved and it wouldn't have been speed," they said.

It's believed Mr Kilgannon may have died from natural causes although nothing will be certain until the post mortem results are given.

The retired sheep farmer was a well-known figure among the Tawnamore/Gleneaskey and wider Dromore West community.

Locals said he was a quiet man but a popular figure at the sheep sales and marts as he still kept some sheep and a few cattle.

Local Dromore West businessman Blair Feeney paid tribute to him yesterday.

"It's a terrible tragedy. He was a lovely kind friendly man in the community," he told The Sligo Champion.

Sligo County Councillor Michael Clarke described him "as a lovely man, a great character" who loved traditional music.

"He was very well respected and loved by everybody locally," he added.

He is survived by his wife Judy and nieces and nephews.

Separately, the Sligo-based coastguard helicopter was involved in a recovery operation off the Donegal coast on Sunday.

A Lithuanian man's body was spotted at sea by Rescue 118. Another man also died in the incident off Glencolmcille.


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