An eight-year-old boy has died following a farming accident in Kilcolgan, Co Galway this morning.

He has been named as Mark Fordham.

Mark was a Second Class pupil at Kiltiernan National School, which said he would be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The accident happened between 11am and 11:30am.

Mark was taken to University Hospital Galway where he was pronounced dead.

The Health and Safety Authority is investigating the cause of the accident. 

In a statement, Kiltiernan NS said psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service are supporting staff and the school will be open on Monday and Tuesday to help support pupils and their parents "deal with this tragic event".