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Monday 22 April 2019

Storm Ophelia aftermath: Two men killed in separate incidents while carrying out repairs

Large storm surges hit the South pier and beach during hurricane Ophelia in Arklow, Co Wicklow
Large storm surges hit the South pier and beach during hurricane Ophelia in Arklow, Co Wicklow
Cork University Hospital

Ralph Riegel

TWO men have died this weekend after suffering fatal injuries while carrying out repairs to damage caused by Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian.

A man died in Co Cork today after apparently falling from a roof while attempting to make repairs.

The man, who was aged in his mid 50s, suffered critical fatal head injuries when he fell while working on a shed roof at Kilgarriff outside Clonakilty in west Cork.

It is understood he was using a teleporter machine when the accident occurred shortly before 2pm.

Emergency services were immediately notified but, despite desperate efforts to stabilise the man's condition, he was pronounced dead before he could be rushed to hospital.

As a matter of routine, both the Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will conduct investigations into the accident.

However, it is being treated as a freak tragedy.

A full post mortem examination will be conducted at Cork University Hospital on Monday and a file will be prepared for the Cork coroner's court.

In Wicklow, gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a man in his mid 70s that occurred on Saturday afternoon at around 3.30pm at Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow.

It is believed the man fell from a ladder while carrying out repairs to his farm shed.

His body was removed to Morturary at St Columcilles hospital Loughlinstown where a post mortem will take place.

Three people died during Hurricane Ophelia, all in tree-related accidents.

Michael Pyke died in Tipperary when he was struck by a tree on the Ardfinnan-Cahir road.

Clare O'Neill died when the car she was driving was struck by a falling tree branch at Aglish in west Waterford.

Her funeral takes place in Cork on Monday.

In Louth, Fintan Goss died when his car was crushed by a falling tree near Ravensdale.

West Cork suffered some of the worst fall-out from Hurricane Ophelia last Monday with falling trees and high winds causing damage to residential, commercial and agricultural properties.

Some parts of west Cork are still without electricity supplies since the storm hit.

The highest wind gust recorded during Hurricane Ophelia was detailed by Fastnet Rock lighthouse where one gust of 190km/h was measured.

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