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Donegal tragedy farmer is laid to rest

By Colin O'Carroll

The funeral of one of the two farmers killed when a tractor tyre exploded on a farm in Co Donegal has taken place.

Seamus Hegarty was be buried after Requiem Mass at St Patrick's Church in Murlog.

His friend and neighbour Kevin Woods will be buried today.

The accident happened on Friday when both men were fixing a puncture on a tractor wheel when a steel rim blew off and struck them.

Hundreds of people joined the cortege as it made its way from his home at Ballindrait near Lifford.

The 51-year-old was a father of four, three girls and a boy, whose ages range from six to 18.

A priest told mourners the deaths shocked and greatly saddened many people and there was a sense of disbelief across the community.

Tony McConnell, who owns the barn the men were using to fix the tyre, said he and his family have not slept since it happened.

"We heard the blast but I thought it was a bucket or something fell and then a neighbour of ours came up and said there were two men killed up at the shed. We said it couldn't be, it's impossible," he said.

"One minute they were working and then 10 seconds later they were dead. You never think something like this will happen on your doorstep."

An investigation has begun into the two deaths.

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