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Man (65) killed while restoring lines after recent storms


Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital

A 65-year old man was killed this afternoon while working with Eircom crews to restore lines after the recent storms.

He has been named locally as Michael O’ Riordan from Skibbereen

It is thought Mr O'Riordan died after suffering head injuries after a pole fell on him.

The pole was being erected to repair recent storm damage.

A garda spokesperson said he died at the scene in west Cork at 3pm today and was taken to Cork University Hospital.

The scene has been preserved for inspection by the Health and Safety Authority, and gardai say they are not treating the incident as suspicious.

A post mortem will be carried out on Monday.

In a statement Eircom said that the victim was part of a four man sub-contracting crew working for KN Networks on behalf of Eircom.

They were erecting a telephone pole on the Beara peninsula on the Castletownbere Road near Glengarriff, Co Cork.

“Eircom extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased who is a former Eircom employee.

“We are liaising with our contractor KN Networks who have informed the relevant authorities,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, one local source described Mr O'Riordan as a "good community man".

“He was a good community man involved in lots of organisations in the town. He was always good fun. I’m in shock.”

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