John (48) dies in farming tragedy

POPULAR FATHER OF FOUR KILLED WHILE TENDING TO SICK ANIMAL

MARIA PEPPER

THE TRAGIC death of popular farmer John Sweetman in a freak accident on Monday night has plunged his local community into mourning.

Mr. Sweetman (48), of Boolabawn, Glynn, was fatally injured when a sick cow to which he was tending fell on top of him in a trench at about 10 p.m. He was pronounced dead by a doctor at the scene at 10.45 p.m.

The tragedy has brought deep sadness to his family and the community in which he was actively involved. He was chairman of the Wexford District branch of Fine Gael and also of the Glynn branch of the IFA. JOHN BARRY is getting a long overdue bath at a cost of €6,000.

The landmark statue on Wexford's Crescent is being cleaned, treated and re-waxed by specialist conservationists this week.

Scaffolding was erected around the statue late last week and a specialist crew from Meath company Conservation Solutions will work on the clean up until the middle of next week.

After the Pikeman received a spruce up, Wexford Borough Council decided that the impressive Barry Memorial should be next to have its surface renewed.

According to Borough engineer, Tadhg O Corcora the surface of a statue should be done every three to five years to ensure damage doesn't ensue. The Barry Memorial, which faces out to sea from Wexford Crescent, has not been cleaned in over a decade.

However the statue is said to be 'in good shape' and will look smashing after it's rejuvenation.

Wexford Borough Council received a grant of €3,000 to carry out the work, and match funded it with a €3,000 from within local authority funds.

Tadgh O Corcora noted that carrying out the work on the statue is vital to stop it falling into disrepair. 'It's very important from a tourism point of view,' he said.

In September 1956, President Sean T. O'Kelly unveiled a statue at The Crescent. The statue was a gift from the people of the United States of America to the birthplace of ' The Father of the American Navy'.

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