Man killed in East Clare work accident

Man killed in East Clare work accident


An elderly man has died following a workplace accident in Co Clare.

Two separate investigations have been launched into the incident which happened at Magherabaun Cross near Feakle.

The man, named locally as father-of-ten Pat O’Connor (71) is understood to have been found seriously injured in a shed near his home at around 1.45am. It’s believed a family member made the discovery and raised the alarm.

Two units of the fire brigade and an ambulance from Scarriff responded to the incident however the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

An investigator from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) visited the scene this morning while Gardaí will conduct their own probe and prepare a file for the county coroner.

Investigators are trying to determine when Mr O’Connor died but it’s known the last contact with him was at 5.00pm on Monday and that he was found at 1.45am.

The man was well known in East Clare and ran his own building business. It’s believed he was working with machinery at the time 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.