A farmer in Co Galway has died after being bit by a diamond beetle.
Gardaí are investigating the incident and the gardaí have appealed for witnesses.
The farmer, who has not been named, was found with his dog and cat in a field on Tuesday evening.
He was taken to the Dáil chamber in St Patrick’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Gartcuff said the farmer had been working at the farmhouse on the outskirts of St Patrick Street, which is located about a quarter of a mile from the site where he died.
Garth Byrne, the gardai’s assistant commissioner in County Armagh, said the man was bitten on the head by a male diamond beetle, which was also on the property.
The garda had also received a report of a similar attack on a farmer in nearby Co Monaghan last month.
Byrne said the gardae were trying to establish if the farm was being used for illegal activity.
“The gardai are working with the gardaitan to establish what the exact circumstances of this particular attack are,” he said.
Giaragh Brennan, who lives next door to the farm, said she heard the sound of a dog barking in the fields nearby and she saw the man on the ground.
“I thought he was dead, then I heard the dog running.
He had a huge wound on his head,” she said.”
He was crying, I thought he had died.
He was in the field and he was trying to pull his dog out of the mud, he was bleeding.”
The incident is believed to have occurred about 5pm on Tuesday.
Gara Byrne said she was in shock when she heard what had happened.
“We heard a loud scream and when I looked out I saw the dog being bitten.
I saw a garda come out and put a towel over him and put him in the ambulance,” she told The Irish Post.
The victim’s family are now in a temporary accommodation at the property, which they had rented for a few weeks.
“There’s nothing to indicate this was a criminal act,” Garda Byrne said.