Loughrea Mart has paid tribute to the late Michael (Mike Mc Loughlin), a cattle dealer, who passed away on Saturday, following an incident on the premises, during its show and sale.
The incident, which allegedly involved “a bullock jumped into the crowd”, occurred shortly after 4pm.
In a statement on Monday, September 25th, 2023, a spokesperson for the mart, said:
“The management, committee and staff of Loughrea Mart extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Michael McLoughlin, who was involved in a tragic accident at the mart at last Saturday’s cattle show and sale.”
“Mr Mc Loughlin was a regular customer to the mart at the weekly cattle sales and was well-known in the mart community.”
“Our thoughts are with the McLoughlin family and all who were involved and present at the mart on Saturday, when the accident occurred.”
“The mart wishes to thank all who were involved and helped in any way along with the emergency services, who attended to Mr McLoughlin at the mart.”
“Investigations are ongoing within the mart. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam,” the spokesperson concluded.
Confirming the news to www.thatsfarming.com on Sunday, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána, said:
“Gardaí in Loughrea are investigating the death of a man following an incident at a cattle mart in Loughrea on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023.”
“A male in his late 60s was injured following an incident while the mart was in progress at approximately 4:25 pm.”
“He was taken by ambulance to UHG where he was later pronounced deceased. The HSA and Coroner have been notified,” the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, last month, tributes poured in for the former manager of Loughrea Mart, All-Ireland hurling winner and former inter-county referee, Jimmy Cooney, who has died at the age of 68.
A spokesperson for Loughrea Mart confirmed the manager’s sudden death in a statement on Tuesday, August 1st, 2023.
It reads as follows: “It is with great sadness and devastation that we, at Loughrea Mart, announce the sudden passing of our manager, Jimmy Cooney.”
“Jimmy took over management from Gus Egan in 2013 and has successfully managed the mart to date.”
“He was extremely well-liked and respected by the buyers and sellers of livestock in the mart.”
“Jimmy was regarded as such a kind and dedicated manager by all the staff. He was always there for the staff and made the mart a friendly place to work.”
Read the full tribute.