Two men killed in separate tragic accidents

A teenager and a man in his 30s have died in separate incidents in Cork.

A 19-year-man from Ballincollig was killed yesterday morning in a workplace incident in the Palfab pallet factory in Lissarda near Macroom.

The man, named locally as Olan Kierse from Ballincollig, is understood to have been working in the yard of the plant at around 11am, loading steel girders, when one of the girders fell and fatally injured him.

The alarm was raised and emergency services attended the scene. However, Mr Kierse was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed to Cork University Hospital for a postmortem.

Gardaí from Macroom have begun an investigation into the incident, while the Health and Safety Authority will carry outs its own probe.

Friends of Mr Kierse took to Facebook yesterday to express their shock at the death.

“Today I lost a very good friend of mine,” one friend wrote.

“Someone who always put a smile on my face and made me cry with laughter, you were the life and soul of the party and a true gentleman. I’ll miss the random texts and phone calls in the middle of the night to see if I was out. Love you Olan I’ll never forget you.”

Also on Facebook, another friend described the news as devastating.

“Devastating news to hear about someone who we all would consider a friend. Bad things truly do happen the nicest people.”

Mr Kierse will repose at Crowley’s Funeral Home in Ballincollig this evening, followed by removal at 7pm to the Church of Christ Our Light tomorrow.

Funeral Mass will take place at 12pm on Friday, to be followed by a private burial.

Mr Kierse was a student of Ballincollig Community School and later Limerick Institute of Technology.

Gardaí are also investigating the death of a 36-year-old man who was found dead in a house in Ballindangan near Mitchelstown in north Cork yesterday morning.

The man, named locally as Michael Rice, is believed to have fallen through the window of his porch door when returning home at around 3am on Tuesday.

He is understood to have suffered serious injuries to his arm and upper body and bled to death before being discovered by a housemate.

Although efforts were made to resuscitate him by attending paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor.

The body was removed to Cork University Hospital where the assistant State pathologist was due to carry out an autopsy.

Mr Rice came from a large family in the Ballindangan area and died close to his family home.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin O’Keeffe expressed his shock at the incident and extended his sympathy to Mr Rice’s friends and family.

“His home place was only around 50 yards down the road. I would like to extend my sympathies to all his family, extended family, and friends,” he said.


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