People of all ages who lost their lives in Ireland’s most dangerous working environment will be commemorated on June 28th next in a special Embrace FARM Remembrance Service. The Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Abbeyleix will hold the service which takes place at 2pm. Deepest respects will be paid to the large amount of people throughout the country who tragically lost their lives to farming accidents.
This year marks the second annual Remembrance Service organised by Embrace FARM –an organisation which was established to honour the memory of those who died and suffered serious injuries in farming accidents and to also support their loved ones.
The service is expected to draw almost 800 people connected to victims of tragic accidents from across the country.
Among those attending the service will be Simon Coveney Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, renowned rugby player and farmer John Hayes, current Irish rugby international Sean O Brien along with other industry representatives and clergy.
The event itself is led by Embrace FARM founders Brian Rohan and his wife Norma a farming family from Shanahoe co. Laois. The pair launched the voluntary organisation last year in memory of Brian’s late father Liam, who was killed following an accident on the family farm in 2012.
The service itself acts as a place of comfort for those who have lost their loved ones, an opportunity to get their stories off their chest. Mr Rohan said, “People get to discuss their own particular experience and last year so many got great comfort from just getting to talk to others who have experienced their pain.”
This year’s event comes after a traumatic year in 2014 for fatal faming accidents. During the year some 30 people lost their lives to farm accidents, an 87% increase in comparison to 2013.
Announcing this year’s Remembrance Service with Embrace FARM alongside supporter Cork dual star Briege Corkery, Mr Rohan said, “When we were here last year we were hoping that we would see a major fall off in farm accidents but unfortunately the death toll continues. It’s a terrible emotional impact as well as a practical one”.
The toll itself triggered a major safety awareness campaign from Embrace FARM, with their viral video campaign ‘What’s left behind’. However, the death toll continues with 7 people having lost their lives so far this year in farm accidents.
The whole aim behind the service was to develop the event into an annual remembrance at Provincial level and to develop various support structures to help families to come to terms with the irreplaceable loss of their loved ones.
For Mr. Rohan the service is an opportunity for people to come together, especially those who have dealt with the same experience, “We founded the organisation principally to provide support to families, like ours, who find themselves trying to deal with the death of a loved one on a family farm. The Remembrance Service is the biggest opportunity of the year for us to do that as it enables people who have that tragic common experience to come together and share their sense of loss and indeed memory of their loved ones.”
Also speaking at the launch, Briege Corkery, who milks 500 cows twice daily with her boyfriend Diarmuid, said, “When you hear of an accident or much worse a fatality on a farm, it does stop you in your tracks. It is a dangerous working environment and we all need to be so careful because of that. So many Irish families have paid a terrible toll due to farm accidents and the Remembrance Service is an opportunity for them to come together and have the support of each other as they think of their loved ones. Embrace FARM deserves huge credit for what they have done and I am delighted to support them.”
A part of this service will be the reading out of names of the people who have died in farm accidents. The organisers have asked those who want their loved one’s names read out to contact them on (085) 7709966 or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.embracefarm.com
In order to improve Farm Safety and create awareness FRS will be holding Farm safety displays at The Athlone Agri show Sunday June 28 and Charleville agricultural show June 28.
For more information on the farm safety displays visit: