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23rd Jun 2023

Wife of man killed in farm tragedy says family was “lucky” to have him

Ellen Fitzpatrick

The wife of David McAteer, who was tragically killed in a farming accident in Meath this week, has paid tribute to her late husband.

37-year-old David McAteer died following the tragedy at his home farm in the Castletown area at around 12.30 pm on Tuesday.

He is survived by his three young children Dáithí, Alannah, and Tadhg, as well as his devastated wife Zoe, who is currently expecting her fourth child who they will be naming Loughlin.

Zoe has now said the family was “so lucky” for the time they spent with David and will now “cherish every memory”.

Speaking to The Irish Mirror, Zoe said that David was “everybody’s confidant” and the type of person you could call if you need help of any kind.

She also said he was an “amazing” father who loved his children dearly, and “everybody just loved him”.

“He was an actual living angel. I know everyone is going to say that about someone when they die but he was a peacekeeper,” she said.

“He never lost his temper. He always had a cool head and he was everybody’s confidant so David’s phone never stopped ringing from morning to night.

“He was everybody’s counsellor. If there was something going wrong or if somebody had a bad day or somebody had something happen in their own lives, they were on the phone to David and he fixed it for them somehow.”

Zoe is currently expecting her and David’s fourth child, a baby boy they had previously agreed to name Loughlin.

She is now 23 weeks pregnant and due in October, Zoe is now going to cherish the memories she had with her other three children and their dad.