A Kilcar man who had spent all his working life living one mile from his workplace in Lanesborough lost his life in a workplace accident in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
John O’Donnell (59), a native of Shalway in Kilcar was working at the ESB power station in Lanesborough, Co Longford where it is believed he got trapped in machinery in the plant.
Gardai were alerted to the incident at the ESB power station in Lanesborough shortly before 1am on Wednesday and the late Mr. O’Donnell was taken to Mullingar General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating and in a statement, Bord na Mona confirmed it was carrying out an investigation into the death saying, “It is with deep regret that we confirm that earlier today a Bord na Mona employee died in an accident at Lough Ree Power Station.
“The company have been working with the emergency services through the night and have already informed the HSA.
“The company have also begun an internal inquiry into the circumstances of the man’s death.
“Our deepest sympathies go to his family at this difficult time.”
John has been described locally as a very quiet but witty man. His cousin, Declan McShane of Kilcar said, “John was one of those quiet but very witty men - a man that would go out of his way to help anyone in need.
“He has been living down in Longford beside his workplace for 42 years - he went off as a young lad at the age of 17. We are all very shocked here in the village as the news is only beginning to come through.”
The late Mr. O’Donnell is predeceased by his wife Mary (nee Rock) and is survived by his son Owen, two sisters Anne and Mary and his mother, Maggie.