Cork club ‘devastated’ after father of three killed by pet stag
30th December 2020
Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating an accident in north Cork in which a professional huntsman – who was the father of a young family – was killed by a stag yesterday.
The accident took place at the Duhallow hunt kennels in Liscarroll.
It is understood the deceased man went to feed the pet stag at the kennels and was attacked by the animal and died.
He has been named locally as Ger Withers, a married man in his 40s and a father of three young children
The alarm was raised when he did not return home.
Mr Withers was well known in the area and highly regarded as a skilled huntsman hunting with Old English hounds.
In a statement, the garda press office said gardaí attended the scene of a workplace accident in Liscarroll, Co Cork on Tuesday, 29 December 2020.
They stated that 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 chairman of Duhallow Hunt, Pat Fleming, said the club are “devastated” by the death of Mr Withers. However their devastation was nothing compared to the loss to his wife and young family, Mr Fleming said.
A statement is being prepared and will be issued later.
Several contributors to the Irish Deer Commission social media site have also expressed their sadness and shock at Mr Withers’ death.