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Monday 19 February 2018

'Terrible tragedy' as farmer (77) fatally injured by cow, inquest hears

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 77-year-old farmer, who worked with cattle all his life, was fatally injured when he was attacked by a cow, an inquest in Waterford heard last week.

James Purcell (77) from Kilkenny died on March 10 2016 after suffering head injuries in the attack.

Tom Purcell, brother of the deceased, said they found two newborn calves on the farm.

The inquest heard that cow attacked the deceased and struck him on the head knocking him to the ground. The cow kept hitting him on the ground.

The witness told the inquest he picked up a stone and struck the cow.

Mr Purcell was still breathing and an ambulance was alerted.

Owen Dowling, nephew of the deceased told the inquest his uncle was lying on the ground when he arrived at the scene.

He said he was in distress and moaning.

Paramedics from St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny applied pressure to the head wound.

A post-mortem was carried out on the deceased who had four lacerations on his forehead and suffered a fractured skull.

There was severe trauma to the brain and the deceased also developed pneumonia while in University Hospital Waterford.

Waterford City Coroner John Goff described the incident as a "terrible tragedy" for a man who worked with cattle all his life.

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