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Blacksod community stunned by farming tragedy


Galway University Hospital

Farmer died after charged by cow that had recently calved

Anton McNulty

THE close-knit Blacksod community is in shock following the tragic death of local farmer who was killed after being attacked by one of his cows.
Patrick Geraghty of Mullaghroe North, Clogher, on the Mullet Peninsula, died in Galway University Hospital. He had been charged by one of his cattle herd on Saturday evening.
The alarm was raised shortly after the incident. Mr Geraghty was brought to the helipad in nearby Blacksod and airlifted to Galway University Hospital by the Coast Guard helicopter. He was pronounced dead later that evening.
An investigation into Mr Geraghty’s death is underway, but it is understood that the 77-year-old farmer was checking on a cow that had recently calved and she attacked him and seriously injured him.
Better known as Paddy, Mr Geraghty was born and reared in the area, but he spent a number of years working in England before returning home to look after the family farm. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.
Local councillor Seán Carey described his death as a tragedy, and the local community has been deeply shocked by the news of what happened.
“I knew Paddy, and he was a real gentleman and a lovely man,” Cllr Carey said. “He was a very good farmer who kept his farm nice and neat and organised, and for this to happen to him is a tragedy. The whole area is shocked at what has happened,” he said.
No funeral arrangements had been made at the time of going to print.