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First picture of Tipperary man Michael Pyke killed as he went to clear fallen tree from Hurricane Ophelia with chainsaw

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 16/10/2017 Conor Kane
First picture of Tipperary man Michael Pyke killed as he went to clear fallen tree from Hurricane Ophelia with chainsaw First picture of Tipperary man Michael Pyke killed as he went to clear fallen tree from Hurricane Ophelia with chainsaw

This is the first picture of the man who lost his life when he went to clear a fallen tree using a chainsaw today.

Michael Pyke, 31, was seriously injured after he went to cut up the tree, which had fallen on a road between the village of Ballylooby and Cahir in the Ballybrado area of Co Tipperary.

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He was fatally injured by one of the tree's branches and died at the scene.

A member of the public came across the scene shortly after the incident happened and notified the emergency services, who encountered some difficulty because of the state of the weather at the time and the dangers posed by other trees in the area.

Michael's body was removed to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel for post-mortem.

Gardai are trying to establish why he had decided to cut the tree, which was about three kilometres from his home.

Michael, from Ardfinnan, lived on St Joseph’s Terrace in the village with his father Tony. His mother is deceased.

“It’s a devastating tragedy for the family of this young man,” independent TD Mattie McGrath, who knows the family, said.

The victim’s father Tony is a retired council worker while the victim himself was a single man.

“They’re a hard-working family and for his life to be taken like that is just shocking,” Mr McGrath said. “It would bring home to us the dangers of going out into the wind.”

Clare O’Neill Clare O’Neill

Earlier Clare O’Neill, a mother of one in her 50s from Waterford, was killed when a tree fell on her car on the R671 road between the villages of Clashmore and Aglish in the rural western part of Co Waterford.

It’s believed that Clare, who was driving a car in which a woman in her 70s was a passenger, suffered a fatal injury when the branch of a tree fell on the vehicle and went through the windscreen.

Elsewhere a man was killed in Co Louth when a car was struck by a fallen tree. 

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