SHOCK AS FARM ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF ARAGLIN MAN
There was widespread shock and sadness this week at the news that Maurice Foley, a 52 year old farmer from Gortnaskehy, Araglin died following an accident while tending to livestock on Sunday evening last.
Conscious in the aftermath of the accident, Mr Foley’s condition quickly deteriorated and he was rushed by HSE ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he died shortly after arriving.
A highly respected member of the local community, Maurice Foley, a native of Castlemaine in Co Kerry, came to Araglin some 28 years ago to farm land left to him by an uncle.
He was caretaker at Castlelyons NS for the last 7 years and Maurice’s wife, Margaret, also teaches at the same school.
AFTER MASS STROLL
Maurice and Margaret loved, on occasions, to walk out to the ‘3 Doons’ - that spectacular beauty spot and waterfall close to the Foil Dearg.
Indeed, on the Sunday of the accident, Maurice and Margaret made the trip earlier in the day after attending Sunday Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Araglin.
The Foley/Kenneally families are highly respected within the Araglin and Ballyduff communities. A neighbour and former team mate of Mr Foley, John Condon Snr, said Maurice was a quiet individual who had been a valuable addition to the Araglin football team in the mid 1980s.
“He was a good footballer who was always very committed on the field of play, he was well liked and everyone was shocked when we heard the news on Sunday evening, it’s a huge blow to all his family,” John said.
Maurice Foley was laid to rest in Araglin Cemetery following requiem Mass on Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Kenneally of Ballyduff Upper) and three children, Michael, Aisling and Mark.
There is little doubt that the caring community in Araglin, noted for its benevolence and goodwill, will wrap its neighbourly mantle round Margaret and her family at this difficult time.
The Avondhu extends its sincere sympathy to his grieving wife and family on their great loss.
Thursday 14th April 7:36pm