Man dies in incident involving tractor

Man dies in incident involving tractor


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Gardaí are investigating the tragic death of a 73-year-old farmer following an incident involving a tractor in Co Clare.

Father of three Michael O’Loughlin was found collapsed by his tractor near his home at Moanreel, Ennistymon on Thursday evening.

The incident, which is being treated as a tragic accident, happened at around 6.00pm on Thursday just minutes after Mr O’Loughlin was last seen driving his tractor towards a gate.

Shortly afterwards, family members saw Mr O’Loughlin lying on the ground near his vehicle and ran to his aid. The alarm was raised and an ambulance along with two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon were sent to the scene.

Efforts to resuscitate the popular local man were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardaí are investigating the tragedy and believe Mr O’Loughlin may have fallen backwards out of the tractor on the onto the ground. It’s understood the victim sustained a head injury in the fall.

A postmortem examination was carried out on Friday morning at University Hospital Limerick and although the results have not been released, it’s understood there was no indication that the tractor had struck or rolled over Mr O’Loughlin.

One possibility being investigated by Gardaí is whether Mr O’Loughlin suffered a medical episode before falling from the vehicle.

A Garda spokesman confirmed: “We are treating this incident as a tragic accident. We are investigating the tragedy and will prepare a file for the county coroner who will hold an inquest in due course.”

Mr O’Loughlin is survived by his wife Maureen, sons Joe and Paul as well as his daughter Síle.

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.