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Respected farmer dies at auction mart 11 years after brother killed by bull

A farmer has been killed after suffering a head injury in an incident ’involving an animal’ at a livestock market.

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Harry McAnespie at Clogher Market (Credit: BBC Northern Ireland True North)
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Harry McAnespie, 80, died after suffering a head injury at Clogher Mart, County Tyrone, on Saturday.

 

He was taken for treatment by air ambulance to Belfast but died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

 

It is understood the incident involved a bullock.

 

In a brief statement issued on Monday, Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Limited offered their “extended heartfelt sympathy to the family of the farmer who died following an incident at Clogher Mart on Saturday”.


Mr McAnespie was a “long-standing customer of the mart”.


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Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Limited added: “This has been a most tragic incident. Harry was very well known and highly respected in the farming community, and his loss will be keenly felt.

 

“The directors and staff of Clogher Valley Livestock Producers extend their deepest sympathy to Harry’s wife, Dympna, four children and extended family.

 

"The mart has notified all relevant Government agencies and an investigation is underway. We will, of course, co-operate fully with the investigation.”

In 2007 his brother Michael, a Sinn Fein councillor, was killed after being attacked by a bull on a farm near Loughmacrory in Co Tyrone.

 

His son, Damien, paid tribute to his father on Facebook.

 

He wrote: "As many of you may know, my dad passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning following an accident in Clogher Mart on Saturday afternoon.

 

"We are completely shocked and devastated by his untimely passing but yet so blessed that he saw us all grow up, get married and have our own children, so many people don’t get that chance.

"We have been so overwhelmed already by the number of people who have helped out in the past 24 hours. We also want to thank the doctor, paramedics, the NI Air Ambulance Crew and staff at RVH Belfast who tried everything they could to save him.

 

"We hope to get daddy home some time today for a wake at the family home.

 

"Thank you for all your kind messages and thoughts already, we know everyone knew daddy so well in the area and we have just loved hearing the stories from down through the years."

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