Saturday 20 January 2018

Mother trampled to death by cows in freak accident

The late Lucy Connor of Tuam, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon
The late Lucy Connor of Tuam, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon

Brian McDonald

A mother-of-four was trampled to death by cattle in a freak farming accident.

Her son's girlfriend was seriously injured in the incident at the Co Roscommon farm.

The dead woman has been named locally as 60-year-old Lucy Connor from Tuam, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon.

Mrs Connor's son, Stephen is a member of the St Flaitheach's football team which was due to play Padraig Pearse's in the Roscommon Senior Football Championship semi-final on Sunday.

The match has been called off as a mark of respect.

Mrs Connor had gone to a field accompanied by her son Patrick's girlfriend Sharon Trimble late on Wednesday afternoon and they were reportedly followed by some cats.

A number of cattle in the field apparently became spooked by the cats and charged in the direction of the women.

Mrs Connor passed away from her injuries and the younger woman was rushed to Roscommon Hospital.

Mrs Connor is survived by her husband Pat and four sons.

Roscommon Senator Terry Leyden described the death of Mrs Connor as "a terrible tragedy".

"Mrs Connor was very experienced in farming matters and very well respected locally. She will be a huge loss to her family, neighbours and friends", Senator Leyden said.

Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) both launched investigations.

A spokesperson for the HSA said that it had received an initial report of the fatality and a full investigation was under way.

Local priest, Fr John McManus said people were numbed at the death of Mrs Connor and the serious injury to the younger woman.

Irish Independent

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