Monday 18 December 2017

Woman killed by cow in attack during calving

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A woman was killed after a cow attacked her after giving birth.

Teresa McNally (61), from Coolartra in Clontibret, Co Monaghan, suffered serious injuries in the attack, which took place last Tuesday morning.

She died a day later in intensive care at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

Neighbours in the tight-knit village last night paid tribute to her as a "backbone of country life" in the area.

"She and her husband Peter are very private country people - but they were both passionate about keeping Irish traditional dancing alive.

"It's a horrendous tragedy, and the worst thing that's ever happened in this neighbourhood.

"It's taken a huge toll on everybody," said one local.

Another neighbour said Mrs McNally had a "special affection for children".

"I can't speak highly enough of Teresa. She was a gentle, quiet person who had minded children for loads of parents in the area.

"She was very clever - and also a great friend."

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said it was investigating the incident.

It is the second reported farm death in recent weeks, after a two-year-old child was killed in Co Cork. It brings to six the number of farm deaths in Ireland so far this year.

In recent months the HSA has said that livestock on Irish farms have become more aggressive. Figures show that livestock are responsible for 13pc of farm fatalities, the second-highest cause after farm machinery.

Irish Independent

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