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Prayers for tragic toddler crushed at family farm


Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital

Prayers were said at Masses for the toddler who was tragically crushed to death in an accident at the weekend.

Ben O'Regan, who was due to celebrate his second birthday next month, died from the head injuries he sustained in the incident.

The incident occurred at his family's farm in west Cork at around 2pm on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to the scene by the toddler's family. He was taken from the scene by ambulance and then airlifted to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

However, the little boy, who has one brother who is just a few months old, was pronounced dead a short time later.

His heartbroken parents Debbie and Roy were yesterday being comforted by family.

Prayers were said at services in the area including at a Mass in the local Church of the Seven Sacraments in Lowertown on Saturday night.

Local Councillor Michael Collins said the community was in mourning following the tragedy.

"The whole community are in shock and have been totally numbed by this incident," Cllr Collins told the Irish Independent. "There were prayers in the local church last night for Ben and his family.

"It's a small, close-knit community and we will do all we can to support the O'Regan family in the coming days and weeks," he added.

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority have both launched separate investigations into the death, but gardaí are treating it as a tragic accident.

The family have a long-time association with the local Gabriel Rangers GAA Club based in Ballydehob in west Cork.

Ben's grandfather Luke was the chairman of the junior club for more than 20 years and is currently chairman of the club's under-age setup.

A representative from the club said the family had been fantastic servants of the club for many years.

"We paid our respects and deep condolences to the family and now we just want to give them their privacy and let them try to come to terms with their loss," a club official said.

Funeral arrangement have not yet been announced.

Last year was one of the worst years on record for farming fatalities with 30 people losing their lives on Irish farms.

The figure was an almost 90pc increase on 2013 levels.

Five of the deaths involved children, with Co Cork particularly impacted by farm fatalities involving those aged under 18.

Irish Independent