A community grieving over the deaths of three locals in a boat tragedy suffered a fourth tragic death in 72 hours when a farmer died in a freak tractor accident.
Jim Murphy (65) died after the tractor he was driving apparently spun out of control on a road leading into the village of Allihies on west Cork's Beara Peninsula.
The tractor overturned on an isolated stretch of roadway and Mr Murphy suffered fatal injuries.
The tragedy was discovered yesterday morning when a passing motorist noticed the tractor partially embedded in a ditch.
The emergency services were notified but Mr Murphy was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to hospital.
Gardai were yesterday trying to piece together the precise cause of the tragedy -- but it is suspected the tractor may have overturned after one of its front wheels skidded into a deep roadside gully.