Monday 22 January 2018

Two children lose lives in separate farm accidents

Jack Lyons: Electrocuted
Jack Lyons: Electrocuted

Mark O'Regan, David Raleigh and Sam Griffin

TWO children have died in separate farm accidents – one after he was electrocuted while using a power washer.

Jack Lyons (14), from Clouncagh, Co Limerick, was visiting his grandfather's farm with his parents when the tragedy happened at around lunchtime yesterday.

Meanwhile, a nine-year-old girl who was injured four days ago at her parent's farm in Co Laois has died in hospital.

The two deaths came less than 24 hours after a young horse rider, Colin Guinan (25), also lost his life, suffering a fall near his home in Co Offaly.

It is understood that electrocution victim Jack suffered a cardiac arrest while he and a close friend were power-hosing sheds at the farm in Ahalin, Ballingarry, Co Limerick.

His grandparents, Eileen and Paddy, made frantic attempts to resuscitate him. His body was removed to University Hospital Limerick, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The "sports-mad" teenager had played rugby with Newcastle West and hurling and football for Knockaderry GAA club.

Jack, who has younger twin brothers aged 10, Darragh and Cormac, was described by Tom Sheehy, chairman of Knockaderry GAA Club, as a "loveable lad who was a credit to his parents and the parish".

Jack's patents, Kevin and Carmel Lyons, were said to be inconsolable as they tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

Gardai at Newcastle West said they were treating the incident as a tragic accident.

Meanwhile, tributes were paid to Mr Guinan, from Banagher, Co Offaly, who died after a fall from a horse late on Wednesday.

It is believed Mr Guinan, who was a very competent rider, suffered injuries to his head in the fall when his horse became spooked in what appears to have been a tragic accident.

Parish priest Fr Pierre Pepper said the horse-riding fanatic was very popular.

Investigations are also continuing into the death of the nine-year-old girl at a Co Laois Farm.

She was pronounced dead at Temple Street Children's Hospital yesterday evening after an incident on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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