Remembrance Service

Pictured at Embrace Farm launch on the UFU stand at Balmoral Show. From left: Dr Vanessa Woods, CEO, Agri Aware; Brian Rohan, founder, Embrace Farm; Rory Best, Captain, Irish Rugby Team; Barclay Bell, President, UFU and Roberta Simmons, President, YFCU.  Embrace Farm have an Ecumenical Remembrance Service for bereaved farm families on 25 June in Abbeyleix. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Pictured at Embrace Farm launch on the UFU stand at Balmoral Show. From left: Dr Vanessa Woods, CEO, Agri Aware; Brian Rohan, founder, Embrace Farm; Rory Best, Captain, Irish Rugby Team; Barclay Bell, President, UFU and Roberta Simmons, President, YFCU. Embrace Farm have an Ecumenical Remembrance Service for bereaved farm families on 25 June in Abbeyleix. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

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Last week Embrace used the UFU/NFU stand at Balmoral Show as a platform to launch its annual Remembrance Service. The launch was attended by a large number of Agri VIP’s from the farm organisations, HSENI, Harper Adams Ireland, agribusiness leaders and the agri media.

The Ecumenical Remembrance service on the last Sunday of June each year remembers those lost and seriously injured on the farms of Ireland. The event now in its third year will take place on Sunday, June 26, in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix, Co Laois.  In addition to this year’s service Embrace are adding a family weekend for young children who have lost either their Dad or young sibling in a farm accident.  The purpose of this weekend is to do something fun with the kids and bring families from similar situations together in an attempt to help them connect with each other and share their stories.

UFU president Barclay Bell said: “This remembrance service and family weekend is a huge credit to Brian, Norma and all involved in its planning and organisation. Farm accidents and deaths are not merely statistics. Behind each tragedy is a grieving family left to pick up the pieces and try to maintain the daily running of the farm. As we approach the summer months and workloads increase it is crucial that farmers remember to stay safe when working with animals and machinery. Nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one; always take time to consider the risks involved in undertaking work on the farm.”