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Farmer killed and brother injured in bull attack

Published 16/09/2015

A farmer has been killed and another man injured in a suspected attack by a bull, Gardai said
A farmer has been killed and another man injured in a suspected attack by a bull, Gardai said

A farmer has been killed and his brother seriously injured after being attacked by a bull.

The dead man, aged in his 60s, suffered fatal injuries on the family farm in the townland of Toulett between Burt and Newtowncunningham in Co Donegal.

Gardai said the alarm was raised when the two men were found on their land by another man, believed to be a cousin, at about 2.30pm.

The injured brother, also believed to be aged in his 60s, was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.

The men are well known in the Burt area with a large extended family and farm hilly land a few hundred metres from Grianan of Aileach hill fort.

It is understood they lived together and farmed the land all their lives.

Officers and veterinary staff were reportedly on the scene for several hours after the incident.

Paul Canning, a local Fianna Fail councillor, said there was deep upset at the tragedy in the community where hundreds of people would know the two men.

"It will take the heart out of the area completely for a few days. It's very sad what has happened here, and how it happened," he said.

Investigations will be carried out by the Health and Safety Authority and gardai.

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