“They are absolutely devastated” - Anna May McHugh responds to Wexford farm death.


Yesterday tragedy struck yet again on an Irish farm, as one farmer died after a farm accident.

The accident occurred in the Foulksmills area of Co. Wexford and resulted in the death of a farmer aged 37, as reported by us here.

The man was named as Martin Kehoe junior, a former ploughing champion and son of three time champion. He died after he fell into a tank of molasses, before being pronounced dead by emergency services at the scene. The Ploughing chief, Anna May McHugh, took time to speak about the the tragedy.

The father of the man who died was due to take part in tomorrow’s ploughing, but the McHugh family have decided to mark out his plot as a result of the accident.

“They are absolutely devastated”, she said referencing the farming community.

She also added that grown men were today crying at the news, such was the devastation within the ploughing world. Mrs McHugh also added that it has put a damper on the whole occasion, with many left very upset. She said that although they are in competition with each other, the ploughing personnel show a great sense of comradery and join together.

“It is difficult to hear anything like that”, she said of the news.

“A very very tragic accident happened today. A very very tragic accident and we lost a ploughman. We have a very devastated ploughing family and that’s now our priority” said Anna Marie McHugh, Anna May’s daughter.

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