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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Community left 'traumatised' as dad Aidan killed in aerosol blast

Family man Aidan Cummins died while working at his home
Family man Aidan Cummins died while working at his home

A father-of-three has been killed in a suspected aerosol explosion while working at his home.

Aidan Cummins (53), of Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford, was in his shed at around 7am on Saturday when the accident happened.

Mr Cummins, who was known locally as Bugsy, was a mechanic and operated his family business from his home.

Early investigations suggest an aerosol can accidentally fell into his homemade incinerator and exploded.

He was taken to Wexford General Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A garda spokesperson said it appeared that Mr Cummins was burning material in an incinerator drum in his gar- age when the incident happ-ened.

It is believed that as Mr Cummins opened the door of the incinerator, an aerosol can exploded and he was hit in the head causing severe injuries.

He was initially treated at the scene until the emergency services arrived.

Mr Cummins is survived by his wife, Joan, and his three children, Cathal (15), Ciara (12) and Cian (9).

Local Fine Gael councillor Willie Fitzharris said Mr Cummins had sustained injuries caused by the severity of the explosion.

He added that the whole community was "traumatised" by the tragedy.

"We're all devastated," Mr Fitzharris said. "He has three young kids and was very well-liked in the community.

"He loved his family and was a very unassuming man. He's a mechanic by trade and loved cars and the GAA. He was such a hard worker."

Sympathies

Parish priest and friend of the family Fr James Kehoe said Mr Cummins was a very popular figure in the area.

Fr Kehoe said that yesterday's mass was "sombre" and that Mr Cummins was the subject of prayer.

"It is a fine rural community here and obviously the people are deeply affected by the tragedy," he said.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "Everyone is sore, as you can imagine.

"It's very hard to take given how small the place is and how important he was to the community."

Another neighbour said: "He was a very helpful man, always willing to help others," he said.

"It's extremely sad that this has happened, and our sympathies go to his wife and family."

Mr Cummins' family are actively involved with the local GAA club, Bannow-Ballymitty.

The family celebrated the confirmation of daughter Ciara, who is a member of the U-13 Development Squad for Wexford GAA, on March 31.

A wake was held yesterday in the family home. The funeral mass for Mr Cummins is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

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