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Charlestown man who died in quarry tragedy laid to rest

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Charlestown man who died in quarry tragedy laid to rest


Michael Commins

The man who died in a tragic accident at Harrington’s quarry at Ballyhine, Aghamore, last Thursday morning has been laid to rest. Joe Harrington (27) from Sonnagh, Charlestown, was operating a stone crusher when he sustained fatal injuries.
Medical teams and a local doctor rushed to the scene. His remains was later removed to Castlebar General Hospital for a postmortem examination. A Health and Safety investigation is being carried out into the tragic accident, which left colleagues shocked and saddened.
Joe had been working in the quarry for around a year and was a popular member of the team. News of the accident caused widespread sadness throughout the east Mayo region and beyond. Joe was highly thought of in the Charlestown area.
“Joe was very helpful around the area,” said a neighbour. “He was good natured and made time for people. He took an interest in sport and played pool and football.
“The family are well known and liked in these parts. His mother, Audrey, is matron of St Anne’s Nursing Home here in Sonnagh, Charlestown. It is such a sad time for the family and all in the community.”
Large crowds attended Horkan’s Funeral Home on Saturday evening and there was an overflow congregation for the Requiem Mass in Charlestown Church on Sunday. Fr Tommy Johnston was the chief celebrant, and he was assisted by a number of other priests. Interment took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Joe, who was predeceased by his father Joe some years ago, is survived by his son, Seán; mother, Audrey; brother, John; sisters, Mary and Valerie and Helena; the wider family circle, neighbours and friends.