Man killed in West Clare work accident

Man killed in West Clare work accident


Update: The dead man has been named locally as Damien Carmody from Moveen who celebrated his first wedding anniversary last weekend.

Damien was a member of the O’Curry’s GAA Club who paid tribute their late club member.

“It is truly Heartbreaking to be writing this tribute for such a young Man as Damien Carmody. This devastating news has rocked us all in the Club and Community.

We Sympathise with Elaine, his wife of just one year since January 17th, his Sisters Ann, Collette, Lourda & Catriona, Brothers Michael and Matthew. The Marrinan Family and all extended family relatives. His Neighbours and Friends in Moveen.

Damien was a very hard working, reliable and obliging Man and never ever let anyone down. We’ll remember him for his big laugh in our happy times in the Club and for his huge support in our sad times.”

Read the full moving tribute.

A man has died in a workplace accident in West Clare this afternoon.

The tragedy happened shortly after midday near the village of Doonaha. It’s understood the man in his 30s was working on a construction project on a local farm when the tragedy occurred.

The man is understood to have been trapped beneath rubble after a wall collapsed.

Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Services from Kilkee station along with National Ambulance Services resources were sent to the scene.

A Garda spokesman confirmed that their members also attended the incident and that Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and county coroner have been informed.

A HSA spokesperson said “the authority is aware of, and is investigating, the incident.”

The Athlone-based Emergency Aeromedical Service air ambulance was also requested to attend. Volunteers from the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard were tasked to secure a safe landing site for the helicopter.

The man was however pronounced dead at the scene so the helicopter was stood down and returned to its base.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service air ambulance was tasked to the incident – File Photo: © Pat Flynn

The man’s body has since been removed from the scene to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

The Garda spokesman added that the HSA will conduct the investigation into the tragedy and that Gardaí will assist as required.