Boy killed in trailer accident on family dairy farm
A FAMILY has been left devastated by the death of a schoolboy in a farmyard accident.
Alan Quirke (11) was struck by a trailer at his family's farm at Brensha, three miles from Tipperary town, on Wednesday.
Alan, a son of dairy farmer Pat Quirke and his wife Imelda, was pronounced dead shortly afterwards in hospital.
Gardai said he was struck by the trailer being pulled by a jeep at around 5.15pm.
Mr and Mrs Quirke, who have two other sons, Liam and Gary, were said to be inconsolable over the tragedy yesterday.
Local councillor Denis Leahy said: "He was a lovely young chap and they are a lovely family and my thoughts are with them."
Alan was a keen sportsman who was very fond of tennis and played in local clubs.
His funeral Mass takes place at the Church of the Assumption, Lattin, tomorrow at 11.30am followed by burial at St Michael's Cemetery, Tipperary Town.
The Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) has issued a warning to farmers and the general public, to be vigilant during current seasonal farm work involving heavy machinery and farm vehicles.
Pat McCormack, Deputy President, ICMSA expressed his condolences to the Quirke family.
"Pat Quirke is a pioneer farmer, a top class dairy farmer who runs a very efficient commercial dairy operation.
"The Quirkes are very popular in farming," Mr McCormack added.