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Tragedy Strikes as Unidentified Man Roasted to Death in Limerick Lime Kiln

LIMERICK – In a shocking incident that unfolded at Askeaton, Co. Limerick (Image), a man named Michael O’Shaughnessy met a grisly end as he was roasted to death in a lime kiln on the premises of a local carbide works. The incident has sent shockwaves through the community, raising questions about safety protocols and access restrictions on industrial sites.

The unfortunate event transpired when it was revealed that O’Shaughnessy, who lacked a fixed address, forcibly entered the premises seeking shelter on Tuesday night. The area he entered is typically restricted to authorized personnel only, except the workmen employed at the site.

On the morning following the tragic incident, employees arrived at the carbide works to resume their duties and were immediately struck by an unusual smell permeating the air. Initially suspecting the odour to be related to some form of meat cooking, the workers soon realized that a more sinister event had taken place.

Upon further investigation, they discovered the lifeless body of O’Shaughnessy suspended above the lime kiln. It appears that he had succumbed to the extreme heat within the kiln, leading to a fatal outcome.

Local authorities were promptly notified, and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is underway. The lack of a fixed address for O’Shaughnessy adds a layer of complexity to the case, as authorities work to piece together his movements leading up to the unfortunate event.

The carbide works management expressed their condolences and emphasized their commitment to cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation. They also highlighted the importance of strict access controls to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering potentially hazardous areas on their premises.

Community members have expressed shock and sorrow over the incident, and discussions about safety measures in industrial settings have gained prominence. Many are calling for a thorough review of security protocols at similar facilities to prevent such tragic incidents from occurring in the future.

The tragic death of Michael O’Shaughnessy serves as a sombre reminder of the dangers associated with unauthorized access to industrial sites. As the investigation continues, the community grapples with the aftermath of this shocking event, prompting a broader conversation about the importance of ensuring the safety of all individuals, even those without a fixed place to call home.

Freeman’s Journal – Thursday 19 December 1912