Tuesday 17 September 2019

'He was just a lovely, quiet man' - tributes paid to farmer (59) who died after fall from roof

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo
The 59-year-old lived alone on his farm in Laraghmore, Ballyglunin, Co Galway.

Caroline Crawford

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Galway farmer who died after a fall from a roof at his rural farm.

Michael McGrath, (59) lived alone on his farm on Laraghmore, Ballyglunin in Galway.

The 59-year-old farmer also drove a taxi and as a renowned singer and accordion player was a popular member of his local community.

Local Fine Gael councillor Peter Roche paid tribute to Mr McGrath saying his was a loss that would be felt by his local community and further afield.

“He was an outstanding singer and whatever the event Michael would be called on to sing, which he did every time. Just a few weeks ago I enjoyed his company at a sing song. It’s a huge loss to everyone who knew him.

“He was just a lovely quiet man from a very decent family. Michael was a friend to everyone and that’s how he will be remembered,” he added.

Mr McGrath died after the fall on Wednesday night. It is believed he may have fallen through the roof while fixing perspex sheets.

His body was only discovered yesterday.

Donagh Killilea, a local Fianna Fail councillor said the tragic death brought home the dangers faced by farmers when working alone.

“Michael was a great singer and a renowned accordion player. It was just a tragic accident. He was just working alone in his shed when he fell on Wednesday night and sadly nobody knew until Thursday. He will be missed,” he added.

Gardai in Galway Garda Station in Millstreet are investigating the incident. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is also carrying out a probe and officers visited the farm yesterday.

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