Well known businessman dies tragically in west Clare

Well known businessman dies tragically in west Clare



9.45pm – The victim has been named locally as father-of-four George Morrissey who had worked for many years as a builder and undertaker.

Earlier: A well known businessman has died following a workplace accident at his home in Co Clare.

The tragedy happened at around 11am today on the 73-year-old man’s property at Clonadrum near Mullagh.

It’s understood that the arm of a mini-digger collapsed while the victim was working beneath it. It’s known that the machine was owned by the victim and the incident occurred in a shed at the rear of his own home.

Three units of the fire brigade from Kilrush along with an ambulance and gardaí attended the scene.

Emergency crews arrived to find the victim pinned beneath the arm of the digger. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was later removed to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination is expected to take place.

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have launched separate investigations into the tragedy.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.