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Man (70s) killed in farm accident

A man, aged in his 70s, has died in a farm accident in County Tyrone.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that 75-year-old Anthony O’Neill fell from a ladder at the silage pit on his farm on Crockanboy Road, Rouskey, last Sunday (May 9th).

According to the publication, the Air Ambulance was sent to the scene; however, despite the medical team’s efforts, the father-of-six could not be saved.

Tyrone farm accident

In a statement, a spokesperson for HSENI told That’s Farming: “HSENI has been made aware of an incident on a farm in the Omagh area.”

“Inspectors have attended the scene. HSENI is unable to make any further comment at this stage,” the spokesperson added.

GAA club ‘stalwart’

Gortin St. Patrick’s GAA paid tribute to the deceased, who had strong connections with the club.

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In a post on social media, a spokesperson said: “We were all shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Anthony O’Neill, a long-standing club trustee, former committee member and club stalwart, synonymous with football in Gortin.”

“We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the O’Neill family and wider family circle. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam,” the spokesperson concluded.

‘In good health throughout his life

Michael, Anthony’s son, told the Ulster Herald: “Dad was very well respected in this area.”

“It’s a terrible shock to us because he was always someone with a smile on his face who was in good health throughout his life.”

“Dad was the type who just couldn’t sit down. He and my mother were devoted to each other; she was the centre of his life.”

Anthony’s remains reposed at his late residence, 138 Crockanboy Road, on Tuesday evening.

Requiem Mass took place at St. Mary’s Church, Rousky, at 11 am on Thursday, May 13th, 2021, before O’Neill was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

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