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2017 Embrace Farm Service





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Agri VIP's at 2017 Embrace Farm Ecumenical Service 

Pictured L2R are Bishop Michael Burrows, Church of Ireland, John Comer, ICMSA President, Mairead McGuinness MEP, Commandant Kieran Carey, ADC to an Taoiseach and James Healy, Macra President. Photo by Roger Jones

An Ecumenical Remembrance Service was held in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary at 2 PM on June 25  in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois to remember our loved ones who have died or have suffered injury from accidents on the farms of Ireland.

This annual event was well attended and has taken place since 2014. It has been well supported by the all farming organisations on the island of Ireland, by agribusiness, ICA, ICOS, HSA, HSENI, DAFM, Teagasc and by the Agri media.

This years’ service was led by Church of Ireland Bishop Michael Burrows. Local clergy in attendance from the Catholic Church and Church of Ireland  included Fr Gerard Ahern, Canon Patrick Harvey, Fr Michael Kelly, Rev Ian Poulton and Fr Joe Brophy

 Sponsored light refreshments were served after the church service in the local Abbeyleix Manor hotel.

It has been a busy year for the Directors of Embrace Farm as 119 families have made contact with them to have their loved one remembered.

 Over the last two years the year six regional information nights were held in Cork, Limerick, Mullingar and Tuam. Embrace Farm also organised four family residential weekends (in Middleton, Cork, Kilkenny and Laois) and one adult residential weekend in Laois with a day trip to the Japanese Gardens.

 A strategic review for the next 5 years was undertaken and the Directors have worked with the Dept. of Agriculture, (DAFM) Health & Safety Authority (HSA) and Teagasc on their policies for dealing with bereaved families.

 Embrace Farm have also made a presentation to the Seanad Oireachtas hearing on farm safety and were honoured to be recognised by the Irish Farmers Journal, Irish Country Living, FBD, IFA & Teagasc for the UN Year of family farming awards.  

Finally the Directors wish to thank most sincerely all those people who raised significant funds for the organisation during the year. This information is regularly updated on their Facebook page.

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. More current info is available at (9,650 people like this page)