Farmer killed in freak machinery accident
A farmer died in a freak accident yesterday after he was caught in a tractor driveshaft while spreading slurry.
The man -- named locally as Coleman Coughlan from Reenmore, Ahakista, Co Cork -- died from multiple injuries after part of his clothing apparently became snagged on the revolving PTO (power take-off) shaft.
The accident occurred on a farm outside Durrus where Mr Coughlan, who was in his 50s, had been working.
He had been spreading slurry when he apparently went to disconnect machinery from the PTO unit on his tractor.
Such PTO shafts are notoriously dangerous, given the high speed at which they rotate.
Mr Coughlan was discovered at the scene a short time later by another farmer who went to check on the machinery. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardai attended the farm and said the death was being treated as a tragic accident.
Mr Coughlan -- who was unmarried -- has three siblings. One brother lives in Australia, another is based in the UK and his sister lives with her family in Castletownbere, Co Cork.
It is the second farm fatality to hit the county in a fortnight.
Maurice Foley (52), a father of three, died in Araglin, north Cork, after being kicked in the head by a cow on April 10.