Storm victim was working with son when he died

The son of Storm Darwin’s first fatality was working with his father at the time of the accident that claimed his life.

Storm victim was working with son when he died

Conor O’Riordan was part of the four-man crew working on reinstating a felled telephone pole when his father Mick O’Riordan was killed. Conor, in his 30s, had previously worked abroad, but had been working with his father for the past 18 months.

Mr O’Riordan, 65, a father of three, was struck on the head when the pole fell. His co-workers raised the alarm but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yesterday, inspectors from the Health and Safety Authority inspected the scene in West Cork where the accident occurred on the Castletownbere Rd, near Glengarriff. His body was removed to Cork University Hospital, where an autopsy will take place today.

Mr O’Riordan was a former employee of Eircom. The company has offered its condolences to the family. Mr O’Riordan had spent a number of years working in the UK for Eircom before taking early retirement, and in recent years had worked as a subcontractor in Ireland and the UK.

His current employer, KN Network Services, has extended its sympathies to his wife Mary, son Conor, and his two adult daughters Dervla and Rosemarie.

Mr O’Riordan lived at Riverdale, Skibbereen, West Cork. He was a prominent member of the Skibbereen and District Car Club and was involved for many years with the Fastnet Rally.

A loose surface autocross event in Clonakilty, which was due to take place yesterday was cancelled as a mark of respect. A spokesman for the Skibbereen and District Car Club said they were shocked by the death of Mr O’Riordan.

“Mick was a popular member of the club and was clerk of the course of the Fastnet Rally, the premier event in the club,” said the spokesman. “He held the position from 2006 until 2009. In 2007, the rally was won by Andreas Mikkelsen and this was a great source of joy for Mick as the Norwegian driver has since gone on to compete in the World Rally Championship.”

Mr O’Riordan also assisted at rallies around the country and had a special affection for events in Killarney, Co Kerry, and Carrick- on-Suir, Co Tipperary.

A club spokesman added Mick was the type of person who liked to help others.

“Sadly, as part of the crews involved in restoring services after the recent storms, he lost his life,” said the spokesman. “We wish to convey our deepest sympathies to his family — his wife, Mary and their three children at this very sad and difficult time.”

Separately, a man who died in a house fire in north Kerry on St Valentine’s Day has been named as Jack Roche. The 54-year-old farmer lived alone in Lackbrooder, Knocknagoshel. There was nobody else in the house at the time.

Emergency services were called at around 6pm on Friday. His body was taken to Kerry General Hospital, where an autopsy was due to be carried out yesterday. The scene was preserved for a technical examination.

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