By Dan Walsh
The brave Wexford County Council worker who lost his life in a freak accident at Ballythomas, on the Wexford-Wicklow border last Friday has been named locally as William ‘Billy’ Kinsella, (59), from Ballythomas Hill. Many tributes have been paid.
Billy and his work colleague Jimmy Stanley were clearing debris and fallen trees following Storm Eunice in the Ballythomas area. It is believed that the men were using a chain saw to cut up fallen trees when, unexpectedly, another tree fell over onto the road fatally injuring Mr Kinsella. The incident occurred within a mile of his residence which makes the tragedy even more poignant.
Emergency services were quickly dispatched, but sadly, Mr Kinsella was pronounced dead at the scene. The Health and Safety Authority and An Garda Siochána are carrying out separate investigations into the incident.
North Wexford and the County Council community has been traumatised by events and sympathy is been extended to his family and friends.
FAMILY NOTICE; Beloved husband of Rita and loving father of Conor, son of the late Paddy and Bridie, brother of Patrick, Elizabeth, Shay, Sean and Aileen. Deeply regretted by his loving wife and son, his brothers and sisters, aunts, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandnephews, grandnieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues and friends. May He Rest In Peace.
Reposing at his home on Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral arriving to The Church of Our Lady of the Nativity, Ballyfad, on Wednesday for Funeral Mass at 3 p.m. followed by Burial in the adjoining cemetery.