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Further tragedy for McAnespie family as Harry dies after livestock mart incident - years after brother killed by bull and nephew shot by Army

By Mark Edwards

Further tragedy has struck a Co Tyrone family after an 80-year-old man died following an incident at a Clogher livestock market.

Harry McAnespie died after being airlifted to he Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Sunday morning after suffering a head injury on Saturday afternoon. It is understood the incident involved a bullock.

Mr McAnespie, from Aughnacloy, is the uncle of Aidan McAnespie who was shot dead by the British Army in Aughnacloy in 1988.

In 2007 his brother Michael, a Sinn Fein councillor, was killed after being attacked by a bull on a farm near Loughmacrory in Co Tyrone.

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Aidan McAnespie was killed in February 1988 (PA)

His son, Damien, paid tribute to his father.

Positing on Facebook he said: "As many of you may know, my dad passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning following an accident in Clogher Mart on Saturday afternoon.

"We are completely shocked and devastated by his untimely passing but yet so blessed that he saw us all grow up, get married and have our own children, so many people don't get that chance.

"We have been so overwhelmed already by the number of people who have helped out in the past 24 hours. We also want to thank the doctor, paramedics, the NI Air Ambulance Crew and staff at RVH Belfast who tried everything they could to save him.

"We hope to get daddy home some time today for a wake at the family home.

He added: "Thank you for all your kind messages and thoughts already, we know everyone knew daddy so well in the area and we have just loved hearing the stories from down through the years."

SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer said Mr McAnespie was a “hard working man” and was “well respected”.

“I knew Harry, he would have been well known in the local community," she said.

"Everybody is shocked and devastated for the family, it such a tragedy for the area, you don’t expect this sort of thing to happen.

“My sympathies go out to the family at this time.”

Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Limited said Mr McAnespie was a long-standing customer of the Clogher Mart.

In a statement, Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Limited said: “This has been a most tragic incident. Harry was very well known and highly respected in the farming community, and his loss will be keenly felt.

“The directors and staff of Clogher Valley Livestock Producers extend their deepest sympathy to Harry’s wife, Dympna, four children and extended family. The mart has notified all relevant Government agencies and an investigation is underway. We will, of course, co-operate fully with the investigation.”

A spokesperson for the Ambulance service said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 14:20 on Saturday 23 June following reports of an incident at the farm market in Clogher, where an elderly male had sustained a head injury.

"NIAS despatched a Rapid Response Paramedic and an A&E crew to the scene. The Charity Air Ambulance was also tasked to the incident.

"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene the patient was taken by the charity Air Ambulance to Belfast for further treatment at RVH."

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