HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to pay their final respects to a popular and well-loved musician who died in a freak accident earlier this month.
Tony Power was killed after a rabbit warren collapsed on him while he was trying to retrieve a ferret in the early hours of January 15.
Mourners from England and Wales as well as all over Ireland attended the funeral which was held at the Church of the Assumption last Wednesday. Parish priest Paschal Moore, who celebrated the funeral Mas,s described it as “a very sad tragedy” for the community. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Power family,” he said.
The 58-year-old from Cloncunny, Piltown died in a tragic hunting accident. It is believed that Mr Power, who was also well known and respected in hunting circles, died while trying to find a ferret who had entered a rabbit warren, while out hunting close to his home. It is thought that Mr Power was trying to dig around the entrance to the warren when it collapsed in on top of him.
Lyall Plant, CEO of the Countryside Alliance of Ireland, said he was very saddened when he heard the news, but maintained that although not a regular occurrence, accidents like these can happen in field sports.
“It is very seldom that accidents causing death occur in the pursuit of field sports, but Mr Power’s death goes to show that no matter how experienced you are – accidents do occur. It’s very sad news,” Mr Plant said.