FRS @ the Charleville Show

FRS @ the Charleville Show

The FRS team welcomed many visitors at the Charleville show and let the live farm safety demonstrations deliver the message. FRS are passionate about the safety of our farmers and our people. Highlighting the dangers of chainsaws and PTO’s gave onlookers something to think about. FRS offer farm safety courses and asks each farmer to ‘Farm Responsibily & Safely’ with the help of FRS.


View some photos from the show here:



FRS – Train European Health and Safety Award Winners

The West Offaly Dairy Discussion Group has received the top award at the European Occupational Safety and Health ‘Good Practice Awards’. The award recognises outstanding new approaches to implementing effective safety and health management among Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) across Europe.

Leading up to the award, as part of the group’s knowledge development and individual training, Jim Dockery (FRS Training) conducted a series of training with the award winning group.

Courses included Chainsaw Safety, General Health & Safety, Financial Planning, Time Management and Manual Handing.

Last December, the West Offaly Dairy Discussion Group’s project entitled ‘Operation Lifesaver’, also won the Dairy Discussion Group Innovation Competition, which was organised by Teagasc, ACCBank, ICBF and the Irish Farmers Journal.

Teagasc operates a network of over 800 discussion groups, involving over 13,000 farmers through the country. FRS Training are highly recognised as agricultural, health and safety, business and FETAC course providers nationwide and are available to customise training solutions to meet the needs of farming groups.

Contact FRS Training on 1890 20 1000 or visit for full course details.


Jim Dockey, FRS Training at one training session at the FRS Training Centre in Roscrea with the Award Winning West Offaly Farm Discussion group.

Big Demand for Cover for Ploughing

With less than a month to go FRS (Farm Relief Services) has reported an unprecedented demand for relief milkers to cover farmers while they take a well-deserved break and head to Laois for the Ploughing 2013.


FRS staff throughout the 20 nationwide offices are on call taking bookings from farmers who are keen to have qualified cover lined up for what is possibly the most important date in the farmer’s calendar. FRS are encouraging farmers to make a booking early, so they won’t be disappointed, and have a strong pipeline of well qualified operators ready for work.


“As site preparations are on schedule and we have a waiting list for exhibitors at the 2013 Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois starting 24th September, it’s fantastic to hear that farmers are thinking ahead and planning work cover so that they can come and enjoy the Ploughing with us”, said Anna Marie McHugh of the NPA and General Secretary of the World Ploughing Association. “The location is very central, the road structure is excellent and all we are depending on is the weather but that won’t stop Irish Farmers from coming along.”


FRS Network has a very lively stand planned for this year’s Ploughing with the theme of Harvesting into the Future.  Exciting launches with prizes to be won; industry experts will be at the podium on the Speakers Stage; safe tractor driving challenges and demonstrations will be held throughout the festival; and there will be friendly FRS staff on hand to discuss your farm services, training and fencing requirements and explain the newly enhanced FRS Membership Benefit Scheme.


“We want to help farmers to expand and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead through Harvest 2020, so I am looking forward to welcoming new customers and old for a cup of tea and a chat at our stand”, said Peter Byrne, CEO FRS Network.


Visit and and also follow FRS on twitter at  to win a pair of tickets to the Ploughing on the 24th, 25th, 26th  of September, Ratheniska, Laois.

LIBA Awards Night

(LtoR) Aoife Lomasney, FRS Recruitment,  with Gillian Ryan, FRS Training, at the LIBA (Little Island Business Association) Awards night in Cork.

Little Island Honours its Business & Community at The LIBA Awards 2013


Over 325 people attended The LIBA Awards 2013 which was the inaugural event organised by Little Island Business Association at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Little Island on Friday night. Gillian Ryan, FRS Training Ltd were nominated for Company of the Year 2013.  The black tie event was addressed by Senator Deirdre Clune who was deputising for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton TD who was in India on a trade mission. Cork County Council was represented by the Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Deirdre Forde and Cork City Council was represented by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. John Kelleher. Dr. Gerald Kean was the after dinner speaker and the Deputy President of Little Island Business Association James O’ Sullivan also attended.


The President of Little Island Business Association, William Cuddy presented eight awards on the night and said, “it is very fitting that in our first year of operations as the business association for Little Island and district that we should have such a large business and community gathering here tonight in the year of the gathering. We are delighted that there is so much planned to happen in Little Island and we look forward to implementing a programme in conjunction with all stakeholder in the time ahead. Our nominees for The LIBA Awards 2013 are wonderful ambassadors for their businesses and organisations, for Little Island and for Cork and I thank them for their participation. Our eight awards tonight are being made to a group of people and organisations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and skill for their businesses and organisations and we are delighted to recognise them.”

The 2013 award winners are as follows –


.               The Little Island Customer Service Person of the Year Award for 2013

– Dee O’ Regan of Centra

.               The Little Island Employee of the Year Awards 2013 – Karen Caplis –

Greif Flexibles Ireland

.               The Little Island Community Project of the Year Award 2013 – Fr.

John P Hegarty, Glounthaune Church Centre

.               The Little Island Business Person of the Year 2013 – Chris Mee of


.               The Little Island New Business of the Year 2013 – Brian O’ Riordan,

Auto Direct

.               The Little Island Area of the Year 2013 – O’ Flynn Construction for

Eastgate Business Park

.               The Little Island Company of the Year 2013 – Yasmin Hyde, Ballymaloe

Country Relish

.               The Judges Special Merit Award 2013 – Derek & Lorraine Walsh, The

Elm Tree Bar & Restaurant

FRS Applauds Quad Bike Safety DVD

FRS were at the launch of the Quad Bike Safety DVD developed by FBD and supported by HSA & Teagasc.  The DVD is not substitute for formal Quad Safety Training, which is provided by FRS Training.

As part of this initiative all agricultural students across the country will view and receive a copy of the DVD and be given awareness training on Quad Safety. With 6 people killed operating Quad Bikes on Irish Farms over a 6 week period in late 2013  and countless others seriously injured it is essential that operators are aware of the risks, get proper training and wear appropriate personal protective equipment particularly a suitable safety helmet.

Clips of the DVD are available HERE .




FRS Training graduates were proudly presented with their FETAC level 5 Major Awards in Healthcare Support, by HSE Head of Operations Michael Fitzgerald, at a special graduation evening at O’ Riadas Restaurant & Bar, Ballymacelligott, Co. Kerry, which proved to be a truly inspirational evening.

Kerry T. D. Michael Healy Rae also made an appearance on the night, and commended the hard work and achievement of all graduates, He also made acknowledgement to the other services of FRS Training especially in the areas of Farm Tractor Safety and Workplace safety training.

Speaking at the presentation Michael Fitzgerald said “I am delighted to be here tonight to applaud the FRS Healthcare graduates on your achievement”. He spoke about the significance of the FETAC 5 Course and how that qualification now equipped them with the knowledge and skills to care for the sick and aged from our community and to meet their broader needs, both physically and emotionally.

The average age of the Healthcare graduates was 35 and the majority returned to education after many years to learn the skill of healthcare and secure a job in this challenging, yet highly rewarding profession. The FETAC 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support, awarded to the graduates, is a mandatory requirement for those working/seeking employment as Care Assistants in the Healthcare Sector.

The majority of graduates to date have been successful in securing employment. The FRS Training team were delighted with the attendance of 60 graduates wearing their graduation caps and gowns, the  sense of pride that the graduates and tutors had in themselves and each other.

FRS Regional Manager, Mairead Hickey commended the 60 graduates ‘. I felt that it was hugely important for FRS to honour each candidate, acknowledge their achievements and instil a sense of pride in themselves and encouragement in their future careers. I believe this will boost their confidence and motivate them in their work.’

FRS Training are now offering a full range of healthcare courses nationwide. In addition, FRS Training also offer an extensive range of other FETAC accredited courses targeted at all sectors… Visit for full information or contact Mairead on 066 7163879 or the FRS Team on 1890 20 1000.