Sunday 17 November 2019

Funeral of farmer killed in teleporter collision told 'there has been no laughter or joy in parish'

The coffin of Anthony O'Mahony (74) is shouldered from St Peter and Pauls church in Ballyduff following his funeral mass.
Pic:Mark Condren
The coffin of Anthony O'Mahony (74) is shouldered from St Peter and Pauls church in Ballyduff following his funeral mass. Pic:Mark Condren
Seamus O'Mahony and his wife Margaret follow the coffin of his Brother Anthony (74) from St Peter and Pauls church in Ballyduff following his funeral mass. Pic:Mark Condren

Ralph Riegel

A NORTH Kerry farmer whose death sparked a Garda murder investigation was hailed as hard working, intelligent and totally devoted to his land and family.

Mourners were told at the Requiem Mass of Anthony O'Mahony (74) that his death last Tuesday had "devastated and shattered" the tightknit parish of Ballyduff and Causeway in North Kerry.

Mr O'Mahony died from multiple injuries after the car in which he was travelling was in collision with a heavy agricultural-machine known as a teleporter just metres from his farm at Rattoo, some 2km outside Ballyduff village.

Gardai launched a murder investigation within two hours.

Victim Anthony O’Mahony
Victim Anthony O’Mahony

Fr Brendan Walsh told mourners at the Church of St Peter and St Paul it had been a very difficult week for everyone locally but he vowed that the strength of the community would shine through.

"There has been no laughter or joy in this parish since last Tuesday morning. That dreadful event has shattered and broken the lives of two families and so many others."

"But I have lived amongst you my friends for nine years," he said.

"One of the reasons that I love being here is the tremendous sense of support you get here."

"There is so much goodness here - there is so much kindness and there is so much care about the people of Causeway and Ballyduff."

"Over the last nine years I have been involved in a number of tragedies in this parish and every single time without fail I have never ceased to admire the strength and the support of the community."

"When it is so badly needed, people show their true colours."

"They rally around those who have lost a loved one."

"They are there to support and care for them and I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that those of you who have lost Anthony and grieve for him so much, will experience that very same love and support in the days, weeks and months ahead."

Fr Walsh said that Anthony O'Mahony was totally devoted to his interests in life - his family, his community, his farming and sport.

The Offertory Gifts reflected the bachelor's life interests and included a sack of grain, a copy of 'The Farmer's Weekly' and an Irish newspaper to reflect his love of horse-racing.

The mourners were led by Mr O’Mahony’s siblings, Seamus and Angela, his sister in law, Margaret, brother in law, Christy, nephews James and Sean and nieces Ann-Marie and Ann.

Most live in nearby Causeway.

Seamus operates a successful concrete pre-cast business while Angela’s

family are involved in farming and potato production.

A large number of extended relatives from the O’Mahony and Houlihan

families were also present.

Mr O’Mahony was a bachelor and had no children.

"When we remember Anthony we remember a very hard-working, intelligent man who loved to farm and took great pride in his tillage projects," Fr Walsh said.

"In his early years he produced tomatoes at his glass houses at Ardoughter for the retail industry."

"He read and updated himself as to how to improve and produce top quality vegetables and grain."

"What he produced was known and sought the length and breadth of Ireland and indeed far beyond."

"He was a man who loved sport and loved to discuss it. Even though he was a busy man he always had time to talk to people."

"He was a horse-racing man and had the odd 'flutter' and studied the form at all times."

"Anthony also loved Kerry football and the GAA - he hurled of course with Ballyduff. I have no doubt he would have loved to discuss the retirement of 'The Gooch' this week and the upcoming match (National Football League final) between Kerry and Dublin."

"That is the man we come to remember today."

Following Requiem Mass Mr O'Mahony was buried in Rahela Cemetery outside Ballyduff.

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