The community of Gort are mourning the sudden death following a workplace accident of local man John Hansberry on Tuesday evening last.

John, a single man, aged in his 60s, had retired as an outdoor staff member of Galway County Council, and was fatally injured on Tuesday after what appears to have been a freak accident on his nearby farm.

It’s understood he was doing maintenance work on his land in the Derreen area of Gort at around 7pm when he was suddenly trapped by the tractor that he had been driving.

Gardai and emergency services were called and his body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem examination.

The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) were notified, and it carrying out an investigation.

His funeral arrangements are not yet available.

Local councillor Gerry Finnerty, a member of Loughrea/ Gort Municipal District says it’s hard to come to terms with the sudden death of such a vibrant member of the local community…

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