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Community numbed by farm death of young boy

The young boy killed in a farm accident in Co Donegal at the weekend was due to begin his last year in primary school in a few weeks’ time.

The young boy killed in a farm accident in Co Donegal at the weekend was due to begin his last year in primary school in a few weeks’ time.

Popular Jamie Toner died when he became trapped under a tractor at his uncle’s farm in Glenvar, Kerrykeel, on Saturday afternoon. He was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital for surgery, but died a short time later.

The 11-year-old was a hugely popular pupil at Stramore National School at Glendowan, on the outskirts of the village of Churchill.

A spokesperson for the board of management at the tiny school said they are devastated by Jamie’s death.

“He was a bright and popular lad and never caused his teachers one minute of bother,” she added.

Last night Jamie’s heartbroken parents Roisin and James, and older sister Lynn, from Cruckraw, Churchill, were being comforted by family and friends.

Local county councillor Ciaran Brogan said that he knows Jamie’s parents and they were highly-respected in the community. “Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with them at this very trying time,” he said.

Local priest Fr Michael McKeever of St Colmcille’s Church, where prayers were offered for young Jamie’s family yesterday morning, said that everyone in the community was just numb at his sudden death. “The community is doing their best to help (the family) in any way they can but it is a very difficult time for all,” he said.

The Health and Safety Authority has launched a full investigation into the circumstances of the accident.

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