December 3, 2023

BREAKING: Kilkenny grandad killled in horror farm accident involving septic tank

A SOUTH Kilkenny pensioner has died in a horrific farm accident involving a septic tank.

Johnny Phelan, from Kilmacow and who was in his 70s, suffered fatal injuries while he was emptying a septic tank at a farm in Ferrybank yesterday morning.

Mr Phelan was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to University Hospital Waterford for a post mortem examination.

A Garda spokesperson said: “A man in his 70s suffered fatal injuries when emptying a septic tank on a farm. His body was taken to University Hospital Waterford where a full post mortem will be conducted.”

Officials from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) attended the scene and are investigating the tragic accident.

The grandfather and father-of-four (pictured below) will repose at Donnacha Doyle & Sons Funeral Home in Grannagh on Friday from 4pm until 9pm. He will be buried on Sunday after requiem mass at St Senan’s Church in Kilmacow.

Meanwhile, the HSA are also investigating the death of a 49-year-old man who was rushed to St Luke’s General Hospital after he was involved in a work accident at Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow.

The victim, who was named locally as John Doyle from the Clonegal area, was delivering construction materials to a house being built in Leighlinbridge when the tragedy occurred.

It is understood Mr Doyle had been unloading the truck and may have fallen from a height as he was checking the vehicle. Strong winds may have been a contributory factor to the freak accident.


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