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Billy O'Driscoll died when a wall collapsed in Bandon, Co Cork. Photo: Denis Boyle

Billy O'Driscoll died when a wall collapsed in Bandon, Co Cork. Photo: Denis Boyle

Billy O'Driscoll died when a wall collapsed in Bandon, Co Cork. Photo: Denis Boyle

A GRANDFATHER was killed instantly when a wall fell into his garden, crushing him to death.

Billy O'Driscoll (72) died in the horrific accident near St Patrick's Quay in Bandon, Co Cork, close to the local church.

It is understood part of a wall that runs at the back of his house fell into the garden at around 5pm, crushing the retired carpenter.

Mr O'Driscoll was a married father of six with five grown-up sons and a daughter.

His family desperately tried to get the rubble off him, assisted by neighbours. Mr O'Driscoll's devastated daughter told the Irish Independent her father was very well known and respected in the area.

The wall that runs at the back of the houses is described as being around 30ft tall on that side but only a few feet high from the footpath.

The emergency services attended the scene and Mr O'Driscoll's remains were taken to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

An investigation is being carried out by the gardai and the Health and Safety Authority to try to establish what caused part of the wall to collapse.

Bandon councillor James O'Donovan said people were shocked by the tragedy.

Last night local people called to the O'Driscoll home, offering support and condolences.

He said that only recently the town had been deeply saddened by the death of Paudie Kelly (23) in August, who was killed in a road traffic accident.

"For another tragedy like this to happen does not help," Mr O'Donovan said.

Irish Independent