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Part of the Lisheen Mine plant in Co Tipperary Herry Lawford via Flickr

One man dies and another in hospital after Tipperary mine accident

Father of three named as victim of explosion in mining shaft.

A TIPPERARY MAN has died in an explosion at a mine in the county. The man in his 40s, confirmed by fellow employees at Lisheen Mine to be Joe Fallon from Twomileborris, died in the accident which happened yesterday evening.

The company told that another man, Chris Barlow, is in a “satisfactory condition” in Cork University Hospital after he was injured in the incident in which father-of-three Joe Fallon died. The company added:

Our sincere condolences go to the family of the deceased.

Around 370 local people and 120 contractors are employed at the mine, below and above ground, according to the company. Processing and mining tasks is divided into shift work and it was during an evening shift yesterday that the explosion happened in one of the mine shafts. Gardai and the HSA (Health and Safety Authority) are at the scene. The mine has ceased production while the investigation into the cause of the explosion is being carried out.

The Lisheen Mine extracts zinc on a site between Moyne and Templetuohy in Co Tipperary and is owned by Vedanta Resources.