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Farmer dies after quad overturns on farm

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FARMYARD FATALITY The late Tony O’Malley.

Michael Duffy

THE Ballyheane community was left reeling for a second time in the space of a few days with the news that a well-known farmer died on Thursday evening after an accident on his farmland involving a quad bike.
Anthony O’Malley’s death came just two days after that of 37-year-old Brendan Heneghan, who died after a fall at his home in Castlebar (see page 10). Both men’s home places in Ballintubber and Ballyheane are less than two miles apart.
Mr O’Malley, who was 67, was a very well-known farmer in the west Mayo area. He died after his quad bike overturned while he was spreading weedkiller.
A post-mortem examination took place at Mayo University Hospital. Both An Garda Siochána and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are investigating the tragic accident.
Mr O’Malley’s body was discovered by his loving wife, Katie, after she had gone out on the farmland when Tony failed to come back to the house for his evening meal.
Mr O’Malley, better known as Tony, was a popular member of the outdoor staff of Mayo County Council for much of his working life, having retired just two years ago.
Sadly, just last year Tony and Katie buried their son Tony Jnr, who lost his battle with cancer.
Tony is survived by his loving wife Katie (nee Corcoran) and son Kevin; brother Tommy Joe; sisters Margaret and Martina; daughter-in-law Claire and grandchildren Patrick, Amy and Ciara. Tony was predeceased by his son Tony Jnr and sisters Mary Kate, Annie, Josephine and Kathleen.
Huge crowds attended at Ballyheane Community Centre on Sunday evening and at St Patrick’s Church, Killawalla on Monday morning for Tony’s funeral Mass. Tony was buried after the Mass in Killawalla Cemetery. May he rest in peace.