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Tragedy as the second man killed in a tree-cutting incident in a week

A man in Co Donegal died after an accident during a tree cutting exercise.

It is the second such death in the province in just over a week.

The man, locally known as John McBride, was killed around 4:30 PM this afternoon near his home in Creeslough.

Mr. McBride, a 54-year-old married father of one, was killed immediately.

What exactly happened during the incident is still being investigated.

Mr. McBride was a very popular man who worked with the environmental department of Donegal County Council.

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A neighbor in Creeslough said, "The whole area is in shock." John was such a decent man who was so popular with his colleagues in Donegal County Council.

"He was such a good housefather and this is simply devastating – nobody knows what to say."

His tragic death comes a little more than a week after another man was killed when he was cleaning up trees too.

Kevin McElhinney died when he was hit by a part of a tree in Carndonagh on the peninsula Inishowen on Friday last week.

The father of the five, a farmer, was known in the area.

A Go-Fund-Me page for his children, which was only set up two days ago, has already yielded an amazing € 70,000.

The money will be used to build an extension of the house of the family.

A spokesman for the fundraising campaign said: "We realize that there is nothing that can be said or done to take away the pain of losing a beloved father, partner, brother and friend.

"However, we hope that with the help and generosity of the people, we can at some time ease the financial pressure on the family and build a suitable extension for the needs of the two youngest children.

"Kevin has four beautiful sons and a dear daughter, and all donations go directly to the much-needed extension for Kevin's two youngest children, Lucy and Timothy."

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