Tuesday 12 December 2017

'The life and soul of the party' - Tributes to young man crushed to death at dairy factory

Fearghal Beamish (26) was killed yesterday in a factory accident
Fearghal Beamish (26) was killed yesterday in a factory accident
Clona Dairies in Clonakilty, west Cork (Photo: Google Maps)

David Kearns

Tributes have flooded in for Fearghal Beamish, the young man killed yesterday morning while working in a factory in Cork.

The 26-year-old was working at Clona Dairies in Clontakilty when he was crushed by a lorry shunting units used to move trailers.

The incident occurred shortly after 10am, and it is understood that Mr Beamish was operating the vehicle at the time.

Despite the best efforts of a local doctor, the young worker, from The Pike, died at the scene.

The young worker was a keen rally car enthusiast and had recently competed in the West Cork Rally.

He was also an active sportsman, involved in football and cycling, and was a fan of Munster rugby.

His GAA club St James said they were “shocked” by the news, adding that the club had lost a “great friend.”

“We extend our deepest sympathy to his father John, brother Gearoid, sisters Emer and Nollaig, and all his relatives and friends

Fearghal Beamish (26) was killed yesterday in a factory accident
Fearghal Beamish (26) was killed yesterday in a factory accident

“Fearghal has been a club player from his underage days to the present and was also involved in the running of the club lotto at the Pike bar.

“He was one of five class mates from school days who were part of the panel last Sunday. He will be greatly missed. As a mark of respect all club activity is cancelled for the remainder of this week”

Writing on Facebook, a number of friends wrote loving tributes to Mr Beamish.

One school friend said: “RIP buddy and pal, had some great laughs with you whether at rallys or playing football. Rest in Peace.”

While another wrote: “You were always the life and soul of the party every night.”

Mr Beamish’s body was taken to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem is due to be carried out later today.

Clona Dairies closed operations for the day following the incident.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family.”

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed it was investigating the circumstances of the incident, and Gardaí said they were assisting the coroner.

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