A man has died in hospital following a farm accident in Co Clare earlier today.

The 68-year-old is understood to have been helping a neighbour load cattle onto a trailer when the tragedy occurred at around 8.30am.

The incident happened near the village of Cooraclare in the west of the county.

The man is not believed to have been a farmer himself, but had been known to help local farmers and had experience working with cattle.

The man was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he later died.

A garda spokesman confirmed that a man was pronounced dead in hospital following an incident in Cooraclare.

The spokesman added that an investigation is underway and that a file will be prepared for the county coroner in due course.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said that they have launched their own investigation into the incident.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out at University Hospital Limerick tomorrow.