Farm Ireland

Monday 26 February 2018

Village priest pays tribute at funeral for Northern Ireland man killed working on his family's farm

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Cate McCurry

The funeral has taken place of a Co Fermanagh man who was killed on his family farm.

The community of Teemore, Fermanagh has been plunged into sadness following the tragic death of Gerard 'Gerry' Donohoe.

It's understood the accident involved a tractor and trailer as the 48-year-old was working last Thursday afternoon.

He was rushed to the South West Acute Hospital where he was placed on a life support machine.

However, he lost his fight for life in the early hours of Friday.

Mr Donohoe, a former employee of Quinn's Tile plant, where he worked for many years, was living at his parents' farm in the small village of Teemore.

More than 400 mourners attended the funeral at St Mary's Church, Teemore.

Parish priest Ultan McGoohan, who led the funeral service, said that Mr Donohoe's family have been left "traumatised" by the accident.

"He was a great man for working with tractors. He always enjoyed working with them and was a great help to his neighbours who needed a hand," he said. "He was a good man with machines and any type of work, he was able for it.

"The Donohoe family now need help to carry the burden and to move on as they are traumatised at the moment."

Local GAA club, Teemore Shamrocks, posted a tribute to Mr Donohoe on their Facebook page: "The club express sympathies to the Donohoe family on the death of Gerry Donohoe. May he rest in peace."

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

A spokesman said: "Our sympathies are with the family at this most difficult time."

Mr Donohoe's death comes months after the tragic death of Fermanagh toddler Thomas Magee, who died after an accident involving a JCB digger at his family's dairy farm.

The four-year-old died in April following the incident in Maguiresbridge.

Belfast Telegraph