A farmer has been gored to death by a bull.
The 38-year old died in hospital after being gored by the bull in a tragedy which has stunned his close-knit farming community.
Tomas Tierney was attacked by the bull on the family farm at Cloghans Hill, Kilmaine, Mayo, at milking time on Wednesday evening.
Shortly afterwards, his widowed mother Pauline, found him lying in a field with the bull standing by aggressively.
Mrs Tierney was alerted to the fact that there might be something wrong because she couldn't hear the milking machine operating.
She raised the alarm but when help arrived they found it difficult to get near the victim because the bull was aggressive towards them.
Local man Patsy O'Brien, a member of Mayo County Council, said last night: "The neighbours who arrived to help had a job getting the bull out of the way to help Tomas. The bull was still vicious."
Emergency services were quickly on the scene and Mr Tierney was rushed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.
According to neighbours, Mr Tierney was able to talk to medical personnel as he was carried from the scene but was obviously seriously injured.
Despite intensive efforts to save him Mr Tierney was pronounced dead at 11pm on Wednesday night. Stunned neighbours were rallying around the Tierneys yesterday in support.
This is the second farm tragedy the family has suffered.
In 1989, Mr Tierney lost his father in an accident which occurred while he was cutting hay.
Apart from his mother, Mr Tierney is survived by his sister, Eleanor.
Cllr O'Brien paid tribute to Mr Tierney last night as "a lovely young man".