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Man Killed In Tipperary Mine Blast

A man, believed to be in his 40’s has died and another man in his 50’s has been injured after an explosion at a mine near Thurles, in Co Tipperary yesterday evening.

A Garda report says the explosion happened at around 6.30pm in an underground shaft at Lisheen Mine.

It is understood the mines line manager at the mine was killed and the second injured man has been taken to Cork University Hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition.

It is understood that the victim was from the nearby village of Two Mile Borris.

The scene, situated between the villages of Moyne and Templetuohy, is sealed off and Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are currently investigating.

Lisheen Mines, now in its second decade of operations, is one of the largest producers of zinc concentrates in Europe and employs some  372 people.

In his last function as Minister for Communications, Mr Pat Carey, this week gave approval to the lease of the mine from Anglo American to Verdanta.

In another unrelated incident in the area, emergency services are dealing with a car crash on the main Templetouhy to Thurles road. The two vehicle crash happened at around 8.40am at Lisheen Cross close to Cranna Castle. This road is presently blocked and Gardai, Ambulance and Fire Crews are at the scene.

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