Wednesday 17 January 2018

Separate farmhouse tragedies claim lives of two elderly men

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Brendan Furlong

TWO elderly farmers have died following separate accidents at their homes.

Jim O'Neill (83) died after a blaze engulfed his farmhouse in Tincarrig, Newbawn, Co Wexford.

In a second tragedy in the same county, Edward Kelly, an 82-year-old farmer from Camolin, died when he plunged 30ft from the roof of a shed while carrying out repairs.

Mr O'Neill was a bachelor who lived alone. His body was found in a downstairs room. The fire brigade spent several hours battling the flames -- and engineers worked to make the structure safe yesterday morning.

Emergency services rushed to the farmhouse located on a quiet country lane at Tincarrig after they were called on Thursday night.

A passer-by had raised the alarm at around 10.30pm. Although New Ross fire services and an ambulance crew arrived at the farmhouse quickly, they faced an inferno. The scene was immediately sealed off.

It is understood that Mr O'Neill, a keen GAA follower, had been suffering from ill health before the blaze. His body was taken from the house and transferred by ambulance to Wexford General Hospital.

A technical examination is being carried out to try to establish the cause of the blaze.

In the second tragedy, Edward Kelly died from injuries he sustained in a fall yesterday afternoon.

Mr Kelly, of Clologue, Camolin, apparently slipped from the roof of a shed he was repairing. He was rushed to Wexford General Hospital where he later died.

Gardai and Health and Safety Authority officials have launched investigations into the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Mr Kelly was described as a "gentleman" who would be "sadly missed" by his neighbours in the area.

They were last night comforting his wife, Nell. He is also survived by three sons, Jim, Edward and Kevin, and his daughter Joan.

Irish Independent

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