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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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16,000 birds killed in farm blaze

A fire at a Fermanagh poultry farm killed 16,000 birds over the weekend.

The fire broke out on Sunday morning, October 10th, 2021.

The incident occurred at a farm on the Marble Arch Road in Belcoo, in the county.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) reported that it took firefighters more than seven hours to bring the fire under control.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the service revealed that it was notified of the fire at 7:26 am yesterday morning. It deployed a water tank and appliances from Belleek, Enniskillen and Irivestown stations to the scene.

The spokesperson said: “Firefighters using breathing apparatus and water jets worked in difficult conditions to bring the large shed fire under control by 3:50 pm.”

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“Unfortunately, 16,000 chickens were killed in the incident. Investigation into the cause is ongoing,” they concluded.

Man dies in hospital days after farm accident

Meanwhile, a man has died in hospital following a farm accident in Northern Ireland.

The incident occurred in the Tassagh Road area, outside Keady in Armagh in recent days when he was mixing slurry.

In a statement on Wednesdaya spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said:

“A man has died in hospital today following an incident at a farm in the Keady area on Saturday, September 25th.”

Police are not treating the death as suspicious. It has informed the Health and Safety Executive.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the NI Ambulance Service said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 3.02 pm on Saturday, September 25th, following reports of an incident in the Tassagh Road area of Keady.”

“NIAS despatched one emergency crew and one HART Officer and one Rapid Response Paramedic to the scene. The charity air ambulance with HEMs crew on board was also tasked to the incident.”

“Following assessment and initial treatment, one patient was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast,” the spokesperson concluded.

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