Gifted mechanic killed in machinery accident

A YOUNG man who spent his life giving to others will be buried this morning in Co Tipperary. Billy McGrath from The Bridge, Lower Ballingarry was killed instantly when the piece of agricultural machinery he was working on collapsed and killed him instantly. The tragic accident occurred early on Monday morning in a yard at Coolagh, three miles from Callan while Billy was helping out with the repair of a silage harvester. The emergency services rushed to the scene but the 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

A YOUNG man who spent his life giving to others will be buried this morning in Co Tipperary. Billy McGrath from The Bridge, Lower Ballingarry was killed instantly when the piece of agricultural machinery he was working on collapsed and killed him instantly. The tragic accident occurred early on Monday morning in a yard at Coolagh, three miles from Callan while Billy was helping out with the repair of a silage harvester. The emergency services rushed to the scene but the 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ballingarry parish priest, Fr Tom Breen has been comforting the family since the fatality. He spoke glowingly of young Billy and of his kindness to all in the community. “The family, parents, Billy and Nora, and his 10 brothers and sisters have always been deeply involved in the parish and Billy was particularly supportive and gifted with machinery. He helped out many local farmers in their hour of need,” Fr Breen said.

Former school mates at the Presentation Convent Secondary School, Ballingarry where Billy attended described him as a kind and friendly young man who was quiet but very well liked.

Billy’s funeral Mass will be held this morning (Wednesday) at 11am in the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

The gardai based in Callan and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are carrying out separate investigations into the accident.