TRIBUTES have been paid following the sudden tragic death of a father of three in a 'freak' accident on the family farm.
Michael Kenny (57) went out to check cattle in the sheds behind his home in Ballinacarrig, Castledermot, Co Kildare, late on Tuesday night after returning from his part-time truck driving job.
It is understood the suckler farmer stumbled in the dark on a block concealed under the straw and fell towards the forks on the front of the tractor which were raised up in the air. He struck his neck on one of the spikes on the machinery which is commonly used to move bales, damaging blood vessels.
Despite the injury Mr Kenny managed to make his way across the yard to his home. Emergency services were alerted at around midnight but efforts to save him failed and he was pronounced dead in Naas General Hospital a short time later.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) visited the small suckler farm to begin an investigation after being notified by gardai.
His family told the Irish Independent that Mr Kenny, a member of the Moone branch of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA), was keenly involved in activities in the Castledermot area including the GAA and schools.
"He was a much-loved family man and will be sorely missed by his many friends, neighbours and family," the family said last night.
He is mourned by his wife Breda, sons Aaron, Brian and Owen, who are all in college, and siblings Maria, Bridget, Lucy, Theresa, William and Patrick, as well as a wide circle of friends.
Liam Dunne, his cousin and the national chair of the IFA grain committee, told how the sudden death had been a "big shock" for the family.
"He was an ordinary simply hardworking man as honest as the day is long," he said.
Mr Dunne said family members who looked at the area in the shed found it hard to comprehend how it had occurred and felt it was a "completely freak" incident.