A farmer’s wife has been trampled to death by cattle in a shocking accident.
The dead woman has been named locally as 60-year-old Lucy Connor from Tuam, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon.
A younger woman who was with her was seriously injured in the incident at the Co Roscommon farm.
Mrs Connor had gone to a field accompanied by the friend late yesterday afternoon and they were reportedly followed by a couple of cats.
A number of cattle in the field apparently became spooked by the cats and charged in the direction of the women. Mrs Connor was fatally injured and the younger woman sustained serious injuries.
Mrs Connor passed away from her injuries and the younger woman, Sharon Trimble, girlfriend of her son Patrick, is recovering in hospital from her injuries. She was rushed to Roscommon Hospital where she received emergency medical attention.
The dead woman is survived by her husband Pat and five sons. One of her sons, Stephen is a member of the St Flaitheach’s football team which was due to play Padraig Pearse’s in the Roscommon Senior Football Championship semi-final on Sunday. The match has been called off as a mark of respect.
Roscommon Senator Terry Leyden described the death of Mrs Connor as “a terrible tragedy”.
“This accident has shocked everybody in the area. It is a terrible time for her family and our thoughts are with her husband Pat and family.
“Mrs Connor was very experienced in faming matters and very well respected locally. She will be a huge loss to her family, neighbours and friends”, Senator Leyden said.
Local priest, Fr John McManus said today that people were numbed at the death of Mrs Connor and the serious injury to the younger woman.
Fr McManus described it as a tragic loss and a huge shock to the Connor family and the community of Kilrooskey.
Mrs Connor had formerly worked at the Sacred Heart Home in Roscommon.
Said Fr McManus: “The community and wider parish are very shocked. It’s a terrible tragedy. Lucy was a wonderful person and very popular in the area.
“Our hearts go out to Pat and the boys and her extended family. It’s such a sense of shock and disbelief really”.
Gardai from Roscommon town and the Health and Safety Authority both launched investigations into the tragedy.
A spokesperson for the HAS said that it had received an initial report of the fatality and a full investigation was under way.
The death of Mrs Connor is the 22nd farm death this year.