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Armagh man Gene Murphy dies in farm accident

By David Young

Published 26/08/2016

The scene at the farm close to Silverbridge in south Armagh
The scene at the farm close to Silverbridge in south Armagh

An elderly man who died in an accident on a south Armagh farm has been named locally as Gene Murphy.

The victim of the accident, which happened yesterday afternoon, is in his 70s.

The Health and Safety Executive confirmed that it was aware of the fatality and was examining the circumstances.

The fatal accident happened on a farm in Silverbridge, south Armagh.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said last night: "Our thoughts are with the family involved at this very difficult time."

The Irish Farmers Journal reported that the accident is understood to have involved agricultural machinery.

Early reports indicated that a tractor may have been involved in the tragedy.

Newry, Mourne and Down Sinn Fein councillor Barra O Muiri, who represents the Silvberbridge area, told reporters that the community had been left shocked by news of the farmer's death.

"The deceased man is well-known among the football club, the wider community and farming community," councillor O Muiri told the BBC.

It is believed that no one else was injured during the fatal incident.

The Silverbridge farmer's death is the second agricultural tragedy in Northern Ireland in recent days.

Patrick Gerald Lively was killed in a crash in Co Down involving a tractor on August 15.

Mr Lively (60) died in a two-vehicle crash on the Bryansford Road at the junction with the Kinnahalla Road in Hilltown.

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