Cattle spooked by cats trample woman to death
A FARMER'S wife has been trampled to death by cattle in a shocking accident.
The dead woman has been named as 63-year-old Lucy Connor from Tuam, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon.
A younger woman who was with her was seriously injured in the incident at the farm.
Mrs Connor had gone to a field accompanied by the friend late on Wednesday afternoon and they were reportedly followed by a couple of cats.
A number of cattle in the field apparently became spooked by the cats and charged in the direction of the women. Mrs Connor was fatally injured and the younger woman sustained serious injuries.
Mrs Connor passed away from her injuries and the younger woman was rushed to Roscommon Hospital where she received emergency medical attention.
The dead woman is survived by her husband Pat and four sons. One of her sons is due to play for the local St Faithleach's team in the Roscommon senior county championship semi-final against Padraig Pearses on Sunday.
Roscommon Senator Terry Leyden described the death of Mrs Connor as "a terrible tragedy".
"This accident has shocked everybody in the area. It is a terrible time for her family and our thoughts are with her husband Pat and family.
"Mrs Connor was very experienced in farming matters and very well respected locally. She will be a huge loss to her family, neighbours and friends", Senator Leyden said.
Gardai from Roscommon town and the Health and Safety Authority both launched investigations into the tragedy.
A spokesperson for the HSA said that it had received an initial report of the fatality and a full investigation was under way.
The death of Mrs Connor is the 22nd farm death this year.