By Ronan Dodd
The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed that it is investigating two farm deaths in North Tipperary in the space of a couple of days.
The first fatality occurred outside Borrisokane last Wednesday when a farm contractor died following an accident involving a baler, and the second tragedy happened on Saturday night / Sunday morning when a young farmer died following a fall from a quad bike.
Farm contractor Brendan Kelly, 50, died last Thursday following an accident while he was involved in baling hay outside Borrisokane.
The circumstances of the accident are unclear, but local reports said that was thought that a bale stuck in the baler and when Mr Kelly went to investigate it somehow became free and struck him.
Mr Kelly, who was originally from Shannonview, Pocan, had lived in Richmond, Nenagh, for a number of years.
Fr John Slattery of Pocan who concelebrated Mr Kelly’s Requiem Mass in Pocan Church this Monday, described the deceased as a “wonderful father and family man who was always happy”.
“He was a good living man who was highly respected in the community and this was borne out by the huge crowds at his removal and funeral. He was a man of integrity and a genuine community man who was well respected,” said Fr Slattery. “He was loved by everybody.”
He descibed Mr Kelly as an “honest worker who was very careful in his work. He was always very careful about safety,” he said.
He is survived by his partner Angela; children, Ronan and Grace; sisters, Gerardine and Noreen, and brothers, Joe, Eddie and Sean. He was buried in Cloughprior cemetery following Requiem Mass in Pocan Church.
A vote of sympathy to the Kelly family was passed at this Monday’s meeting of North Tipperary County Council.
Meanwhile, an investigation is underway into the death of Shane Kenneally, 35, of Ballinakill, Cloughjordan, who died following a fall from a quad bike in his farmyard on Saturday night / Sunday morning. Mr Kenneally, who was married only last year is survived by his wife, Siobhan, who is expecting their first child.
Mr Kenneally is survived by his wife, Siobhan; father, Alfie, a reitred farmer; mother, Phil, and sister, Clodagh, who is married to John Donovan, owner of the Obama ancestral home in Moneygall.
There were no funeral arrangements available at the time of going to press as it is understood a postmortem is taking place.