Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 March 2018

'It’s a devastating blow for his wife and young children' - Man (43) dies in farming accident

Catherine Devine and Margaret Donnelly

A community has been left in "terrible sadness" after a 43-year-old farmer was killed in Co Kerry.

Father-of-three, Shane Foley (43) from Barnfield in Currow, Co Kerry was killed on Saturday in a farming accident.

The accident occurred at approximately 4pm where it is understood the man was removing a hedge cutter from a tractor when the accident happened.

Local councillor Brendan Cronin said that there is a “terrible sadness across the whole community”.

“It’s a terrible tragedy for the whole community, for his friends and for his family.

“The community is shattered; it’s a devastating blow for his wife and young children.

“I want to pass on my sincere condolences.”

Cllr Cronin described Mr Foley as a “great community man” who was involved in all aspects of the parish.

“He was a very well known man in the community. He was very involved in the parish and the local GAA club.

“There is a terrible sadness across the whole community. It’s absolutely devastating.”

The 43-year-old was taken to University Hospital Kerry and a post-mortem is due to be carried out on the body.

Both the gardai and Health and Safety Authority are carrying out an investigation of the incident.

This is the second farm death to happen in Kerry in recent weeks.

Less than two weeks ago a 70-year-old farmer died in Lixnaw.

Farmers are eight times more likely to die in a farm accident than any other occupation and figures from the Health and Safety Authority show that working with machinery and animals are the two main causes of deaths on Irish farms.

This is the 15th death to happen on Irish farms this year and in recent years 19 people, on average, have been killed each year in farm related workplace incidents, with 194 farming fatalities in the last decade.

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