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Tragedy Well-known Cork huntsman Ger Withers killed in freak pet stag accident

"He was such a fantastic man, very well-known and admired in the hunting community, he's left a young wife and his children behind him, it is such a shock for everyone who knew him and the family."

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A well-known huntsman has been killed in a freak accident at Liscarroll in Co Cork. 

Ger Withers, who was in his 40s, died after he was attacked and trampled by a stag at the hunt kennels belonging to a local Duhallow hunt group.

It is understood that Mr Withers was feeding a pet stag, kept at the kennels in a stall, when the animal suddenly reared up and attacked him.

A Garda spokesperson said that an investigation has now begun.

"Gardaí attended the scene of a workplace accident in Liscarroll, Co. Cork on Tuesday 29th December 2020," they said.

"A man, aged in his 40s, received fatal injuries. The local coroner was notified and his body was removed to the mortuary in Cork University Hospital.

"The Health and Safety Authority have been notified."

The HSA has been notified of the case and are working with Gardai in Charleville.

Mr Withers was the father of three young children, twins and a young girl of three-years-of-age.

A close friend said the local community has been devastated by the loss of a "wonderful, warm, man, a great huntsman”.

"We are all just devastated,” she said, “he was such a fantastic man, very well-known and admired in the hunting community, he's left a young wife and his children behind him, it is such a shock for everyone who knew him and the family."

The alarm was raised when Mr Withers did not return home from the kennels.

Gardaí attended the scene, where they found his body.

The body has been taken to the mortuary at Cork University Hospital.

Mr Withers was well known in the area and highly regarded as a skilled huntsman hunting with Old English hounds.

One tribute reads: “The entire hunting and farming communities have been devastated by Ger’s untimely loss.

"From Liscarroll, he had been hunting his beloved pack of old English hounds for 14 seasons and was so warmly and highly regarded by all who knew him. Only recently he featured in the pages of the Irish Field for his skill as a huntsman and houndsman.”

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