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Pensioner dies after being crushed by cow

A pensioner died after she was crushed to death by a cow on the farm where she lived.

Violet Breen (67), an office worker from Fermanagh, was killed during an agricultural accident as she was tending to the animal near her home on Monday.

While exact details of her death are not known it is understood Mrs Breen was calving the cow when the incident occurred.

The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation to establish the circumstances of her death.

According to local sources, Mrs Breen’s body was found in a barn.

Mrs Breen, a well-known member of Fermanagh’s agricultural community, took over the farm in Fivemiletown when her husband Jack went into a nursing home five years ago.

She also worked at building contractors T Chambers and Sons, Enniskillen, where she was employed for 30 years. Colleague Eamon Green said Mrs Breen’s death had “devastated the community”.

“I knew she was into farming and animals of all sorts and she was always busy doing things in the area,” he said.

“At work she was always willing to help out with everything — she was first class at her job.

“It’s tragic because she was so into animals, and in the end that’s why she died.

“For her that farm was her family, so it really is very sad.

“There was a full church at her funeral and there were people from all walks of life there to show their support.”

The Reverend David Sweeney of Creagh Methodist Church, Mrs Breen’s minister for the past few years, said it was a “very difficult time” for her friends and family.

Her funeral was held yesterday at St Margaret’s Parish Church in Clabby, Enniskillen.

A spokeswoman for the Ulster Farmers’ Union said the thoughts of its members were with Mrs Breen’s family.

She added: “The UFU were very sorry to hear about the recent death of Violet Breen.

“Violet had previously been active in the organisation as a group chairperson in Fermanagh. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family.”

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