Man dies in Cooraclare farm accident

Man dies in Cooraclare farm accident



Friday, 9.30am – The man has been named locally as Paddy Clohessy from Danganelly, Cooraclare.


Earlier: An elderly man has died in hospital following a farm accident in Co Clare earlier today.

The 68-year-old is understood to have been helping a neighbour load cattle onto a trailer when the tragedy occurred around 8.30am today. The accident happened near the village of Cooraclare in the west of the county.

According to locals, the man wasn’t a farmer himself but had been known to help local farmers and had experience working with cattle.

The man was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he pronounced dead around lunchtime.

A Garda spokesman has confirmed that man was pronounced dead in hospital following an incident in Cooraclare; that an investigation is underway and that a file will be prepared for the county coroner in due course.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has also confirmed that they have launched their own investigation into the incident.

Local councillor Bill Chambers, who knew Mr Clohessy, said: “He was pure gentleman and a great community man. He did a lot of work with the tidy towns in Cooraclare and was great to help people including local farmers. He will be sadly missed in the community.”

A post-mortem examination is expected to carried out at University Hospital Limerick on Friday.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out at UHL on Friday – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017


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.