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Andrew Phelan was described as kind and inspirational as well as being a talented craftsman and designer

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

The construction worker who was fatally injured on a site close to the Seafield Hotel in Ballymoney on Monday afternoon has been named as 47-year-old Andrew Phelan.

Late of Ballincrea, Slieverue, Kilkenny and Kilmacow, Waterford, the man’s funeral took place on Friday at St Senan’s Church Kilmacow.

The clergy prayed for the family to find peace in the aftermath of the tragic accident which took place at the man’s workplace as he was working on a two storey house.

Mr Phelan's step-daughter of 17 years Emma said that she will “never understand" the tragedy that took place and that it would shock the family forever, adding that she was “beyond heartbroken”.

She thanked Andrew’s brother Colm who was present at the scene of Andrew’s death and performed CPR as well as the staff of Seafield Hotel who stepped in to try and help.

She also included thanks to local emergency services such as gardai, ambulance and the fire brigade.

Emma described Andrew as someone whose kindness knew no bonds and inspired others, who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends as well working on skilled design, craftwork and art.

She said that despite being a quiet man, he enjoyed heavy metal music and took pride in everything he did and was a perfectionist talent.

She added that Andrew was absolutely adored by his grandchildren and that there was nothing he wouldn’t do for them.

At the scene in Ballymoney on Monday, CPR was performed for some time but Mr Phelan died from his injuries shortly before 4 p.m.

Emergency personnel reported that Mr Phelan had been involved in moving and dismantling shutters, which saw him being crushed by a large metal shutter used to hold concrete.

It’s understood that it was the man’s brother Colm who raised the alarm as he was site operations manager being the owner of Phelan construction.

Andrew Phelan was then taken to Waterford University Hospital and a file will be sent to the coroner for the completion of an inquest.

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A spokesperson for the The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said that the organisation is aware of this incident and the matter is currently under investigation.

Widespread sympathies have been shared for Mr Phelan after his life was taken too soon.

He is survived by his wife Ann Marie, parents Jim and Breda, siblings David, Jim, Colm, Claire, Siobhan and Ciara, step children Timothy and Emma, their partners Nicola and Stephen, grandchildren Mason, Noah, Theo, Annalise and Adeline, aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

May he Rest In Peace.

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