Family pays tribute to farm contractor killed in accident

Tributes have been paid to 30-year-old man who lost his life in a tragic accident while working with farm machinery in Northern Ireland.

Shane Lappin was reportedly using a telehandler-type machine to build a home for himself and his wife Sarah when the accident happened in the Madden Road area of Keady, Co Armagh.

Paramedics were called to the scene shortly before 3pm on Saturday (6 June), but Mr Lappin died.

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An agricultural contractor who worked for a local animal feed company, he married Sarah last August.

Writing on Facebook, Sarah’s aunt Majella Marron said the family was in “absolute shock, sadness and disbelief” at the passing of “a beautiful young man”.

Words cannot describe how heartbroken we all are,” she said. “They were only married last year and had their whole lives ahead of them building their dreams and hopes for the future.

“[Shane was] a lovely person inside and out who was always there and willing to help anyone in need.”

Further tributes have poured in from friends and acquaintances on social media.

Community in shock

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said the whole community was shocked by Mr Lappin’s death, and he extended his condolences to family and friends.

The Newry and Armagh MLA said: “He was a hardworking young gentleman and came from a well-known and respected family.

“We send our condolences to his wife Sarah, parents Francie and Anna and the entire family circle.

“This evening and over the coming days, the community will stand fully behind the family and friends of this young man.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam [May his holy soul be on the right-hand side of God].”

The Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland said it had started “initial enquiries” into the circumstances surrounding Mr Lappin’s death.

He is survived by his parents Francie and Anna, his brother Barry, and his sister Annette and family. Details of his funeral are yet to be released.

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