Belfast Telegraph

Farmer (74) may have been killed in row over bird-scaring device

By Ralph Riegel

Gardai are probing if a simmering row over the use of a noisy bird-scaring device triggered the murder of a Kerry farmer with a heavy agricultural device.

Anthony O'Mahony (74) died when his car was struck side-on by a tele-porter, an agricultural haulage vehicle, as he visited his farm outside Ballyduff in north Kerry yesterday morning.

Mr O'Mahony, who was single, died at the scene at Rattoo despite desperate efforts by local GPs and paramedics to save him.

By 11am yesterday, gardai had launched a murder investigation and a man in his 60s, who was known to Mr O'Mahony, was arrested. He was taken to Listowel garda station for questioning.

Mr O'Mahony's brother, Seamas, said there was no inkling his brother was under any threat.

"We used to have a bird banger on below there. (Some people) don't like to hear that going," he said. "That is the only thing. He would go down there and turn it on at 8am and then turn it off again at 8pm. It was nothing out of the ordinary."

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