Miner laid to rest

HUNDREDS of people attended the funeral of a miner killed in a tragic accident last Wednesday.

HUNDREDS of people attended the funeral of a miner killed in a tragic accident last Wednesday.

Joe Fallon (47), who was living in Callan with his partner Sara Bulfin, was working underground at Lisheen mine when the accident happened last Wednesday.

The funeral took place yesterday (Tuesday) at Two-Mile-Borris and Mr Fallon was laid to rest in the local cemetery. Prayers were also said at the site of the accident on Friday and a simple white cross was erected in his memory. Joe’s sister Sharon spoke on behalf of the family and spoke about the love Joe had for his workmates. In a heart rending gesture a white teddy bear was placed beside the cross where the father of three had been working underground when he was killed. Mr Fallon’s partner Ms Bulfin is expecting a baby. Flowers and rosary beads were also placed at the site of the tragedy by his family members.

The Health and Safety Authority are currently carrying out an invesigation to establish the cause of the explosion. Mr Fallon, a mine captain from Two-Mile-Borris, was killed instantly in an explosion at the site which is located between the villages of Moyne and Templetuohy.

Prayers were said for Mr Fallon and his colleague, Chris Barlow, who survived the explosion and is in a stable condition in Cork University Hospital.

Mr Fallon is survived by his parents, Joe and Breda; wife Eileen (from whom he had separated), his children Jeff, Jack and Clodagh and his siblings Vinny, Kevin, Sharon and Fiona.

Bomb disposal experts visited Lisheen Mine on Thursday evening to remove a quantity of detonators that were scattered throughout the mine following the explosion. The Defence Forces made the area safe to allow detectives and HSA investigators to conduct their examination of the scene.