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Pictured last June at the Embrace Farm remembrance service were L2R: Minister Andrew Doyle, Maura Canning IFA, Barclay Bell, Ulster Farmers Union, Joe Healy, IFA with Dr. Vanessa Woods, Devenish Nutrition & Peter Gohery, Embrace Farm.

 Farm Accident Survivors Conference (Portlaoise on 25th November @ 12 PM)

Survivors and witnesses to farm accidents get their first opportunity to share how their lives have been changed since their accident.

 Embrace FARM hold the very 1st farm accident survivors conference in the Midlands Park hotel (formerly the Heritage), Portlaoise

 on Saturday 25th November at 12noonfor the farming community in Ireland. 

 Farm accident survivors get to share how they have adjusted to daily living in the months and years following their farm accident.

 Organiser, Peter Gohery, a director with Embrace FARM, from Galway who lost his leg in a PTO accident on his farm in 2009 said

 there are many deep-rooted issues which deeply affect both the survivor of the accident and those that have witnessed it and dealt with the aftermath. 

 Post-traumatic stress, rehabilitation and occupational therapy, who runs the farm, legal issues, insurance claims are among the many issues facing survivors and their families. 

 Telling their story will be survivors, Kerri Leonard from Co. Meath who was driven over by a tractor at the age of 6 and now competes with the Irish Para Olympics team,

 Liam O’Keeffe from near the Cork Kerry border who was attacked by a bull and William Sawyer from Northern Ireland who lost his arm in a PTO accident. 

  Niamh O’Connell, Duhallows, Co Cork and Alison Leonard, Durrow Co Laois will both speak about their husband’s accidents and how family life has changed. 

 Niamh’s husband Richard is now in a wheelchair and Alison’s husband Dominic lives with a brain injury.

 Professional speakers on the day will talk about prosthetics and adapting machinery to allow you to continue to farm if that is your wish. 

 Mental health trauma experts will talk about the unseen scars from your accident and the impact it has had to family life.  

 Legal & Insurance experts will also speak about dealing with claims and succession on your business.

 The day is an opportunity for survivors and witnesses to get information and support from others who find themselves in a similar situation to you. 

 It is also an opportunity for you to voice your concerns and highlight what help you need to live your life to the full.

 The day begins with light refreshments at 11.30am which sets the friendly atmosphere for the remainder of the day. 

 You and your family are very welcome to attend.  The event is free to attend. 


Please register your attendance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 085-7709966. 

For more information you can contact Peter Gohery at 087-4183620.  

The hotel is situated a seven minute walk from Portlaoise train station.  Disability parking is available at the hotel.

Editor’s Note

Embrace FARM (FARMING ACCIDENTS - REMEMBERED & MISSED) was founded by Brian Rohan and his wife Norma, a farming family from Shanahoe, Co. Laois, in 2014

to provide a bereavement support group for farm families who, like them, have lost a loved one or, indeed, suffered serious injury in a farming accident.

Brian's father Liam lost his life as a result of such an accident, which took place on the family farm on June 19th 2012.

Rather than just accept the fate that he and his family were bereaved, Brian, together with his wife Norma, founded Embrace FARM in Liam's memory.

The primary objective of Embrace Farm accident support network is to help bereaved families through regional support sessions and an annual remembrance service.

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