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Woman dies after being struck by cow in Co Armagh farm tragedy

A 67-year-old pensioner from Co Armagh has died tragically following a farm accident involving a cow.

Thelma Gorman was killed while leading cows out at her farm in the Drumhirk area, outside of Armagh city.

Speaking about Mrs Gorman, local DUP MLA William Irwin said that her passion was the breeding of pedigree Simmental cattle.

"The lady in question was working with animals all her life," he said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and the entire family circle."

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It is believed it happened in the Keady/Milford area outside Armagh city. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Speers also expressed sympathy to Mrs Gorman's family.

"I knew Thelma Gorman and her family well. This is an absolute tragedy. Only last year she won the Unsung Hero Award at the Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards in Belfast which reflected Thelma's dedication to the community and her caring nature," he said.

"She was a long time stalwart of the Armagh Show and it wouldn't be what it is today without her help and guidance. Thelma and her husband Peter also provided valuable respite care for children with learning disabilities.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. This is another tragic example of how dangerous farming can be, but at this moment the community will be focusing on providing sympathy and support to the family."

The Northern Ireland Air ambulance was called to the incident on Friday.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland are investigating the circumstances of the death.

The Health and Safety Authority NI said: "HSENI are aware of this tragic incident, and are attending the incident scene."

The PSNI also confirmed that police had attended the scene of a sudden death in the Drumhirk area on Friday.

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