Thursday 18 January 2018

Farmer (80) dies following attack by bull

Allison Bray and  Eoghan MacConnell

AN 80-year-old man was killed on his farm yesterday.

It is understood that Frank Kiernan may have suffered a heart attack after he was attacked by a bull while rounding up cattle to be inspected by a vet on his Co Longford farm about 10am.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Kiernan of Dromard, Moyne.

It was the tenth accidental death of a farmer so far this year.

Mr Kiernan's body was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar where a post-mortem is to be carried out.

The community of Moyne is "shocked and saddened" by the death, said local councillor John Duffy who described Mr Kiernan and his wife Mary as "good neighbours".

"He was a very quiet unassuming man, himself and his wife go to bingo and are regular Saturday evening Mass-goers," he said. "They were very well liked, a very gentle couple and nice people to meet."

The HSA investigation into the death comes as it conducts an intensive farm inspection campaign over the next fortnight in a bid to reduce the number of farm-related accidents which have claimed 10 lives so far this year. It is particularly concerned about the high risks posed by the handling of farm machinery and livestock as well as open slurry pits and other hazards.

Irish Independent

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