Yesterday, a five year-old boy was killed by a tractor driven by his dad.

Little Liam Lyons (left) was killed when he was struck by a tractor driven by his father (right)

Little Liam Lyons (left) was killed when he was struck by a tractor driven by his father (right)

Little Liam Lyons was helping his father on his uncle’s farm when the tragic accident happened at about 3pm yesterday. His father, Eoin, was driving the tractor with Liam as a passenger, when Liam jumped down from the tractor cab to clear some pheasants out of the way of the tractor’s path.

After Liam shooed the pheasants out of the way, he lay down in the field and was not able to been seen by his father from the tractor as he completed his next lap of the field. Liam died after he was struck by a rotary mower that was on the tractor. The air ambulance attended the scene of the accident at the village of Ferbane in County Offaly and Liam was airlifted to Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore, but pronounced dead on arrival.

Both the police and the Health & Safety Agency have launched enquiries into the accident which has shocked the whole community. Liam had a sister and a brother and the three of them were photographed for the local newspaper recently, posing with triplet calves that were born on their farm in Rath to a Holstien cow.

The parish priest, John Moorhead, has said that the community and the family are distraught: “He was a grand young fellow and he was due to start junior infants in September. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his family at this extremely difficult time.”