Cloonfad in mourning after numbing tragedy

Son dies after fall on eve of mother’s funeral

The Cloonfad community in west Roscommon have been plunged into deep sadness by the tragic death of a 44-year-old man following a freak accident on Monday afternoon. 

  The sequence of events started on Sunday when Mary Bowens, of Pollanalty, Cloonfad, died unexpectedly in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin.

  On Monday at around 3 pm, her son Pa Bowens was putting up lights at the side of her house in the Pollanalty townland, in preparation for her wake, when he fell from a ladder and onto the concrete below.

  He sustained serious head injuries and was brought by air ambulance to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where he died on Wednesday at 7 am. Pa leaves behind a widow and two young children, who are aged five and two.

  “The whole place has been numbed by what has happened – a mother dying and then to lose the son the following day,” said a family friend.

  At the time of going to press, Pa’s remains had not yet been released.

  A post mortem examination is to be conducted and it is likely the funeral will take place over the weekend.