Rural community ‘devastated’ after farmer killed by bull

A rural community has been left devastated after a farmer was struck by a bull and killed on a farm in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a call at around 8am on Wednesday (12 December) and immediately paramedics were sent to the farm on Killycarn Road, Aughafatten, near Broughshane, in County Antrim.

An air ambulance also attended.

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However, the victim, named locally as James Gibson, who was in his late 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Gibson was a well-known and popular farmer in his local community.

‘Devastating loss’

DUP councillor Beth Clyde said his death was a “devastating loss for the family and for the district”.

Mr Gibson was married and had five children and a number of grandchildren. 

His private funeral service will be held in Buckna Gospel Hall, in Aughafatten, on Saturday (15 December) followed by burial in Buckna New Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to NI Air Ambulance, c/o Joe Jamieson, 102 Carnlough Road, Broughshane BT43 7HQ.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland said it was investigating.