Success of 2019 Embrace FARM Remembrance Service


 Pictured L2R are Thomas Duffy, Macra National President, Andrew Doyle, Minister for Forestry, Zita Blair, President of the YFCU with Victor Chestnutt, UFU Deputy President and Norma Rohan, Embrace Farm.

Photo by Roger Jones

Embrace FARM, the Farm Accident Support Network, had another excellent attendance for their all-island Ecumenical Remembrance Service on Sunday, June 30th in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix.

The service is in its 6th year of commemoration for all of the lives lost and affected by farm accident throughout the 32 counties of Ireland. The service was led by local clergy from the Church of Ireland, Canon Harvey and Roman Catholic, Fr. Ahern. Monsignor Kevin O'Neill, also attended as did Fr. Gerard Ahern, Reverend Ruth Gill and Fr Michael Kelly.

They especially remembered this year the passing of Fr. Cummins who presided over the service in 2018 and was tragically killed earlier this year in a freak car accident.

 During the service, the names of 145 farmers known to have died in farm accidents were read out to the large audience which included grieving friends, neighbours and relatives along with representatives from the Agri Media, Agri-Business personnel, Government Departments, Farming Organisations, Politicians and many others.

These included former Ireland and Munster Rugby Player and Ambassador to Embrace FARM John Hayes, Sharon McGuinness, CEO of Health & Safety Authority, Victor Chestnutt Deputy President of the Ulster Farmers Union, newly elected President of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Zita McNaugher and newly elected President of Macra Na Feirme, Thomas Duffy.

Other Agri VIP’s included Andrew Doyle, Minister for Forestry, Charles Flanagan, Minister for Justice  & Equality, Joe Healy, IFA President, Pat McCormack, ICMSA President, Edward Phelan newly elected President of the ICSA, Jude McCann, CEO  of Rural Support in Northern Ireland,  Caroline Farrell, Chair of IFA Family Farm Committee, John McNamara, Teagasc, Health and Safety Specialist, Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector Health & Safety Authority, Charles Gallagher, CEO of the IHFA and of course Brendan Gleeson, Secretary-General Dept. of Agriculture & Food.

Light Refreshments (sponsored) were served in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Sunday Afternoon following the service where everyone was welcome to attend before their journeys home.

Brian & Norma Rohan co-founders of Embrace Farm thanked the clergy, choir, readers and all those who attended the service. They expressed their great appreciation for the work done by the Board of Embrace Farm and all their thanks for all the assistance they received over the last year from volunteers and sponsors. And a special thanks to Roger Jones for his excellent photography work.

Please contact Norma Rohan at Embrace FARM at 085-7709966 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information or to arrange an interview

Editor’s Note

Embrace FARM (Farming Accidents Remembered & Missed) was established by Brian Rohan and his wife Norma in 2014.

Having experienced the tragic loss of his father Liam during 2012 in a farming accident, Brian and Norma decided after some research to organise an ecumenical remembrance service for families who had lost a loved one or suffered serious injury in a farming accident.

The vision of Embrace FARM is to be ‘a caring and supporting Agri-community for all those affected by farming accidents’.