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Ballacolla girl dies in farm accident

 

A nine year old girl from Clough, Ballacolla who took a serious tumble from a hay bale, lost her fight for life last Thursday, much to the shock and sadness of her family and community.

Sophie Pearson was the only daughter of David and Diane Pearson, a well respected farming family, who also have two sons Scott and Ben.

It is believed she fell from a bale of hay that was on a trailer, on the road between Clough and Aghaboe.

The accident happened last Saturday July 14, and Sophie was rushed to Temple Street children’s hospital in Dublin and placed on life support, but she later died from her injuries.

The tragedy has rocked the tight knit community.

“There is huge shock in the locality, it is an awful pity this tragedy happened, it will be very hard to get over,” said Michael G Phelan.

He said the family have great associations with the community, involved in groups such as tidy towns and the GAA. Sophie’s maternal grandfather Joe Scully had passed away just a matter of weeks ago.

Chairman of Laois IFA Pat Hennessy was shocked to hear of the death.

“It is very tragic indeed, the sympathy of the farming community goes out to them,” he said.

He asked for extra vigilance during the busy harvesting season and the warm weather.

“I would appeal to farming families to be extra careful, farms are a dangerous place to be and are not a place for children. Farm safety is a priority on the IFA’s list,” he said.

The Health and Safety Authority are to carry out an investigation into the accident.

Her remains will repose at her residence on Saturday from 3pm with rosary at 8pm. Removal on Sunday morning to arrive in St Cronan’s Church Roscrea for Funeral Mass at 12. Sophie will be laid to rest in Dungar Cemetery.

 

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