AN investigation has been launched following the death of an 80-year-old farmer at Clogher Mart on Saturday.

Aughnacloy man, Harry McAnespie was injured in an incident involving an animal at the weekly livestock sale on Saturday.

The well-known farmer was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast via Air Ambulance but died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Limited has extended heartfelt sympathy to his family. He was a long-standing customer of the mart. 

In a statement, Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Limited said: “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.”

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) said: “HSENI are aware of an incident that took place at Clogher Livestock Mart on June 23 and are making enquiries.  Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.”

A spokesperson for the police meanwhile added: "Police received a report of the death of a man following an incident on the Station Road, Clogher on Saturday, June 23.
"The Health and Safety Executive are the lead investigators in this incident."