The 5th annual Annaduff GAA fun day in Co. Leitrim takes place this coming Sunday, August 12th, at the local GAA grounds on the main N4 Dublin to Sligo road.
The fun day takes place from 2pm to 6pm, with fun and entertainment of all types for all of the family. The day is based around GAA blitz matches which will take place on the pitch throughout the day, though that is not all the event entails.
“This is our fifth year doing this”, said Gerry to That’sFarming.
“We cover all of the costs to cover the event and we donate over half of the proceeds to a given charity every year. Thus far we have given over €30,000 to various charities and we are linking up with Pieta House this year”, he added.
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The GAA fun day is not only a day of entertainment either, as the organizers decided this year to make an extra push to highlight the need for greater farm safety.
Gerry Newton, a Garda Sergeant in Co. Longford, is himself a Suckler farmer in his spare time. He is also the chairman of the Annaduff GAA club and one of the organizers at this year’s event. He noted that on the back of recent farm tragedies to have happened nearby and throughout the country, that they felt it only right to further highlight the need for greater safety on farms.
“I have dealt with a few farm related accidents through my time in the Gardaí,” said Gerry.
“I have gone to a lot of farm safety and sometimes they are targeted towards certain age groups. The profile in the meeting would be the elderly and the profile we would normally get (at the fun day) would typically be Mam and dad and a couple of kids”, he added.
The organizers felt that the fun day offered the perfect platform to educate and inform people of all ages on the various dangerous aspects of farming.
“We felt it was the perfect platform to educate the whole group...In a child-friendly way that impacts”, Gerry noted.
In attendance on the day will be AgriKids farm safety ambassador, Alma Jordan, who will offer some interactive information on farm safety, aimed at younger audiences.
“Inside on the day, Alma Jordan of AgriKids will be doing interactive demonstrations, such as role playing and other things, all geared towards younger kids”, Gerry explained.
“She does digital games, activity sheets, she does talks on sign safety, slurry, animal behaviours, tractors, machinery safety and more.” He continued.
To keep the younger audience involved, Safety posters designed by children of the local National school will be displayed on the day. Also, in attendance will be well-known farm safety ambassador, Peter Gohery.
Peter will offer his usual insights into the impact of farm accidents, having lost a leg himself in one, while he will also carry out displays on PTO shaft safety and other farm related practices. A local paramedic will also be on hand to discuss the situations he encounters on a regular basis and the true impacts a farm accident can have.
“Peter will be doing his demonstration. We have a couple of demonstrations, one which is a topper without a cover on the drive shaft and we have one tractor with a 10x6 trailer”, Gerry said.
“A local Paramedic, who goes to a lot of these things, will be on after Peter. He is one of the first responders and will be telling the audience the ‘dos’ and the ‘don’ts’ for the first person on the scene of an accident”, he added.
Although unconfirmed yet, the Organizers of the Annaduff Fun day hope to drive home the message of farm safety with a safety demonstration with a difference. The plan is to have a local Air Ambulance helicopter land on the day, with the pilot also recounting the many experiences of dealing with farm accidents.
“Subject to availability, we hope to have the air ambulance” Gerry noted.
“They will come along and give their slant on it”, he added.
Gerry noted that there is an increased awareness locally with regards to farm safety after recent accidents nearby but urged locals and the general public to come down on Sunday and further enhance their knowledge.
“We encourage people to come along and have a look. Bring the kids to see first hand how these things can happen”, he concluded.