West Cork quad bike tragedy victim named; man in his 70s was tending to sheep

West Cork quad bike tragedy victim named; man in his 70s was tending to sheep

THE man killed in a quad bike accident in West Cork was a well known community man who had been tending to sheep when he was killed.

Michael Cronin from Coomanore, in the Mealagh Valley, near Bantry, was killed when his quad bike overturned.

He was discovered at 10am this morning and the emergency services were brought to the scene.

However, he was pronounced dead at the scene before his body was later transferred to Cork University Hospital for a post mortem examination.

He was a single man who was in his early 70s.

He was a member of a number of local organisations, including Bantry Agricultural Show Society, the Mealagh Valley Action Group and the Irish Farmers Association. He was also known in road trotting circles as well as in the Red Cross.

He comes from a well known family in west Cork.

He is the fourth person to die in a farm accident in Cork this year.

So far, 10 lives have been lost in accidents across the country since January.

The accident is now being investigated by the Health and Safety Authority, while gardaí will prepare a file for the Coroners Court.

Sean Clarke, regional development officer of the IFA, said: ''It is an awful tragedy. This brings home the message again that you cannot be too careful when using machinery around a farm. It is a tragic situation for his family too.''

Independent TD for Cork South West, Deputy Michael Collins, said Mr Cronin was well known as a ''go-to person'' in the community.

He added: ''He was a great community man with a great community spirit.''

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