Farmer dies in Co Down accident

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A Co Down farmer has died following an accident on his Bishopscourt farm on Monday.

It is understood Patrick Curran, who was in his seventies, was involved in an accident with a silage loader. A batchelor who lived on his own, he is survived by his brother and three sisters.

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has expressed her sympathies to Mr Curran’s family.

She said: “This is a tragic accident that has devastated a family and the entire farming community in South Down. I know the man’s family and offer my condolences to his sisters, brother and wider family as they try to come to terms with his death.

“He was a fine, upstanding member of the Strangford/Kilclief community and had been in farming his entire life. He was a pillar of the community and he will be sadly missed. This part of the world is made up of people who come together at times of crisis and I know the people he touched will rally around his loved ones to offer comfort and support.

“It is a desperately sad occasion coming at a time which adds immeasurably to the emotional pain, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard has also expressed his condolences to Mr Curran’s friends and family.

The Health and Safety Executive are investigating.