Yesterday tragedy struck in Co. Tipperary, as Michael Pyke lost his life during storm Ophelia, as reported by us here.
Michael Pyke, aged 31, died as he was attempting to remove a tree from a road. He died after another tree fell on him in the process. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 pm near ArdFinnan Co. Tipperary yesterday afternoon, leaving his family devastated.
Michael is survived by his 7 sisters and 3 brothers, with three of his siblings paying tribute to the “gentle giant” in an interview with RTÉ Radio One. Michael was described by his loved ones as a very “safety conscious man” and was well known in the community for “helping people”.
Reports yesterday suggested he may have been killed after the tree struck him, causing him to fall into the chainsaw he was holding. Today it was confirmed that he died as a result of the trauma he received to the head, from the falling tree. His brother Phil arrived onto the scene shortly after the accident and paid tribute to his brother.
“Michael went out and was trying to do good...Great Man”, he said.
“He was a big strong man...Most gentle giant you will ever meet. Michael would take his heart out of his chest and give it to you if he could”, he said tearfully.
His family say he was known in the locality for being a very helpful man, while they say he was always carrying out good deeds like this one.
“You could ring him anytime day or night, not just family but everyone”, Phil continued.
His other brother Dave said his brother had no intentions of going out to timber, but insists he was “Doing a very good deed”. He said his family “can’t put into words” the extent of their devastation.
Michael’s sister Linda also spoke of her brother and says he was loved by everyone who knew him. She said Michael was a great son and said she hopes his memory will live on forever.
“Everyone loved him. It’s so sad to think he’s gone”, she said.
”I hope everyone still treasures his memory forever. He was a great son and the apple of his father’s eye”, she concluded.
Yesterday was a tragic day for all connected to the three families to suffer losses as a result of the storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.