Northern Ireland

Funeral of work site victim to take place in Donegal

Stephen Montgomery (43) was from Ballymore in Dunfanaghy.
Stephen Montgomery (43) was from Ballymore in Dunfanaghy.

The man killed in a work place accident in west Donegal will be buried in the small rural churchyard at Ballymore, Dunfanaghy on Friday.

Father-of-one, Stephen Montgomery died when it is believed he was struck by a rock while working at a house extension site at Cnoc Fola (Bloody Foreland) on Monday. Mr Montgomery (43), from Ballymore was driving a digger and clearing rocks at the site when the tragedy occurred. Two other men working at the site at the time of the tragedy were uninjured.

The Irish Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit were among a number of agencies called to the scene after an explosion was heard at the time of Mr Montgomery’s death.

Roads around the site were closed and a number of homes were evacuated. Gardaí said the circumstances of the incident were still being investigated but the area was declared safe on Monday evening. Other agencies involved in the investigation include the Garda Technical Bureau, the Republic’s Health and Safety Authority and the Electricity Supply Board.

Mr Montgomery’s funeral will take place following a service at his home at Ballymore on Friday at noon, after which he will be buried at the nearby graveyard. Mr Montgomery’s survived by his wife Doreen and daughter Clara.