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Dad's horror as son (5) killed in farm tragedy

A young boy lost his life in an horrific rotary mower accident.

Liam Lyons (5) died after he became tangled in the machine around 2pm yesterday afternoon at a field in Coole, Co Offaly.

It's understood his father was cutting wheat and Liam got off the tractor to chase pheasants out of the field so they would not be struck by the mower.

However, it's believed Liam somehow became tangled in the machinery.

A helicopter and ambulances immediately rushed to the field in the aftermath of the accident, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

It's understood Liam was one of three children born to the Lyons family, from Rath near Kilcormac. Members of Liam's family were inconsolable at their home yesterday evening.

Liam's uncle Paddy said the family were trying to establish exactly what had happened in the tragic accident.

"We're trying to investigate what happened," he said.

"We really don't know. We've heard a few different things, but we don't know what happened."

The Lyons family have been surrounded by friends and relatives as they try to come to terms with their loss.

A local landowner, who witnessed the incident, said: "He was lying down in the grass when it happened. He had been chasing the pheasants out of the field so they wouldn't go under the mower."

"(His father) must have only seen him at the last second."

Local councillor John Clendennen said he was shocked when he heard the news about tragic Liam.

"I know his parents, I know his family. I live five or ten minutes away. It is a devastating tragedy, it is a terrible shock to the community.

"It is a very tough time for all the family and the community as well."

The incident comes just days after a three-year-old boy died in another freak farm accident last Friday.

Fionn Mulhall (3) died when he suffered crush injuries after getting trapped beside a JCB which was working outside Drimoleague in west Cork.

Fionn was buried yesterday after an emotional Mass of the Angels at the Church of Mary Immaculate in Dromore, Cork.