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TOP CATTLE BREEDER KILLED BY HER COW; Tributes to award-winner Thelma, 67.

Byline: SHAUNA CORR

A SPECIALIST cattle breeder was killed by one of her own cows in a tragic accident yesterday.

The death of Thelma Gorman, 67, has sent shockwaves through Northern Ireland's rural community.

Newry and Armagh MLA William Irwin said the award-winner would be "greatly missed".

The DUP man added: "It is believed she was killed by a cow at their family farm outside Armagh.

"I knew her well and I am really saddened and shocked by this awful news.

It is a reminder farms "I want to express my sincerest condolences to her husband and family circle."

The Health and Safety Executive was investigating the incident which happened at around 1.30pm on the property outside Keady. It is believed the animals were undergoing routine TB testing at the time.

A great supporter of local agriculture and in particular the Armagh Fair, Mrs Gorman won the unsung hero title at last year's Farming Life awards.

She was a celebrated Simmental breeder and won awards with her heifer Woodford Penny at various shows in 2015. Thelma and husband Peter also provided valuable respite care for children with learning disabilities.

Ulster Farmers' Union President Barclay Bell passed on his condolences to the Gorman and Wilson families "at this very difficult time".

He said: "It is a tragic reminder farms are busy workplaces and can sometimes be dangerous.

"HSENI are investigating the circumstances of the incident but it is a sad reminder you can never be too careful."

Ulster Unionist Councillor Jim Speers also paid tribute.

He said: "This is an absolute tragedy. I knew Thelma Gorman and her family well.

"Only last year she won the Unsung Hero Award at the Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards in Belfast, which reflected Thelma's dedication to the community and her caring nature.

"She was a long-time stalwart of the Armagh Show and it wouldn't be what it is today without her help and guidance.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

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