The annual Embrace Farm Week Remembrance Service was launched at Balmoral Show on May 11 on the Ulster Farmers’ Union/NFU Mutual Stand.
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.
Brian and Norma Rohan thanked Barclay Bell and the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Martin Malone and NFU Mutual for hosting the launch on their stand.
He also thanked Keith Morrison, Chief Executive of the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) and Michael Reid, CEO of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster for their support in launching this event at Balmoral Show.
They also thanked Sinead McLaughlin, former Tyrone Ladies Football captain who lost her dad, Cathal in a farm accident and Rory Best, the Embrace FARM Ulster Ambassador for their support at the launch of this year’s Remembrance Service.
Embrace Farm was founded in 2014 by Brian and Norma Rohan, following the death of Brian’s dad Liam on the family farm in Shanahoe, Co Laois in 2012 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 Rohan said: “We hold an Ecumenical Remembrance service on the last Sunday of June each year to remember those lost and seriously injured on the farms of Ireland.
“Our third annual service will be on Sunday, June 26, this year in in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix, Co Laois.
“In addition to this year’s service we 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.
“Embrace FARM has no dedicated funding, we have been very fortunate to have benefitted from many fundraisers organised by kind supporters. This funding along with some very generous donations from agribusiness is helping to finance the family weekend and Remembrance Service,” added Brian.
So far this year there have been four farmers killed in the Republic of Ireland. In January a farmer in Kilkenny was using a loader and a basket when the fatal accident occurred.
His son was also injured. In March a farmer died in a farm accident in Mullahoran, Co. Cavan. The accident involved a tractor and the man was working alone.
Early in May a farmer from Ballylongford in County Kerry died after he was crushed by a tractor. Last week a farmer from near Enfield in Co. Meath died after an accident involving a quad bike.
According to HSENI sadly to date in 2016 there have been three farm fatalities in Northern Ireland. This compares to six fatalities in 2015 and eight fatalities in 2014. The same issues continue to cause the fatalities - slurry, falls, animals and equipment.
For example, in 2016 the causes have been a fall, a man crushed by a vehicle attachment and a man killed by a bull. In 2015 the causes were the same - a fall, a bull, a quad bike incident and crush injuries from vehicles or attachments.
If you would like the name of your loved one remembered at this year’s service, please get in touch with Brian and Norma with their name, Telephone: +353 (0)85-7709966 or firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/embracefarmaccidents