Fine Gael councillor Paddy Meade had paid tribute to his cousin, Thomas Dunne, who died in a tragic accident in Slane last Saturday.

Speaking to Meath Live, Meade said, ‘Tommy was a fun loving young man who will be sadly missed by his family and many friends in the Meath Louth area.

‘He loved his family, his friends, the countryside, farming, tractors, cars and machinery of any sort.

‘He was big into his music,the Green Scene on LMFM, country Music, Big Tom, Johnny Cash and so much more. He done more in his 18 years than many would do in a life time.

‘Having gone to primary school in Slane and secondary school in St. Olivers in Drogheda, he finished early to concentrate on his dream job of farming.

‘From working the Dunnes family dairy farm on the Slane-Collon road to drawing silage and cutting hedges across the country with Kealy Agri Grangegeeth he couldn’t have been happier.

‘This time of year was the best for him, as he could get to workday and night at silage but when breaks did come he could be found fixing and dealing in cars or showing them off with friend on the country roads or at home with the family where he was a dab hand in the kitchen cooking apple tarts and much more.

‘A son, a brother a friend, he leaves behind him his mother Therasa and father Frank Dunne, his brother Kevin, sister Gráinne, and extended family and friends across the country.