Farmer laid to rest following accident with livestock

The funeral of a farmer in Co. Kilkenny, who died on Friday, April 21, following a farm accident earlier this month, has taken place today.

Michael Walsh, who is believed to be in his 60s, was attacked by cows on his farm on April 6, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed.

Michael was reportedly working alongside his brother when they were both attacked by the cows, who had calves at foot.

Officers from the HSA visited the scene following the accident earlier this month, but the current investigation has now been upgraded to a ‘fatal accident investigation’.

This most recent death brings to seven the total number of fatalities to occur as a result of accidents on Irish farms in 2017.

At the weekend, it was reported that a 73-year-old farmer had died in Co. Clare following a tractor-related incident.

Michael O’Loughlin, a father of three, was reportedly found collapsed by his tractor near his home at Moanreel, Ennistymon in Co. Clare.

The incident, which is being treated as a tragic accident, is said to have happened on Thursday evening, April 20.

Earlier this month, a farmer in his 80s died following an accident with a quad on a farm near Rhode, Co. Offaly.

The month of March saw three men die in separate farm accidents in counties Wexford, Offaly and Roscommon. The men died following accidents with either farm machinery or livestock.

In the first week of January, a man in his 80s died on a farm in Co. Wexford. Also in January, there was one construction-related death that occurred on a farm. A man in his 30s died following a fall from a wall on a farm in Co. Kerry.