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Tragic farm accident victim named as investigation is launched

Death notices in Laois

The 87-year-old father of two who died tragically on his farm in Clonaslee at the weekend has been named.

Jim McCann of Clonabeg, Clonaslee, died on July 7 following an accident at his residence.

It’s understood he had suffered serious head wounds when he was found, and it is believed he may have fallen off the vehicle.

One local described it as “a terrible tragedy”.

The late Mr McCann had two sons and six grandchildren.

Locally, it was believed he suffered a heart attack and fell off the tractor.

He had been working out in the fields before his body was discovered near the tractor.

It is understood that turf was being drawn around the time of the accident.

“I would like to offer my sympathies to his family,” said Laois IFA chairman Francie Gorman.

“It’s a pure tragedy,” he said.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the death, which has also been notified to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Predeceased by his wife Margaret, he will be sadly missed by his sorrowing sons Noel and Sean, daughters-in-law Dolores and Bernie, grandchildren Jennifer, Ronan, Jim, Joan, Catriona, and Áine, great-grandchildren, Cadhla, Saoirse, Grace and Freya, nieces, nephews relatives, neighbours and friends.

So far this year, 12 people have died on Irish farms this year.

This is believed to be the fourth farm-related fatality to occur on the island of Ireland in the past week.

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