An Offaly dairy farmer and his wife have been chosen as the AXA Farm Heroes and have taken home a prize fund of €10,000.
Eugene and Lorraine O’Neill were announced as the winners of the inaugural competition — which was open to individuals from farming families across Ireland — on Friday’s episode of the Late Late Show.
They spoke of their journey with their son who developed a hip issue as a child and had to spend long periods in Crumlin Hospital, as a result.
Lorraine and her husband, Eugene, a father-of-five — who is a full-time farmer and agricultural contractor — has raised over €50,000 for Children’s Heath Ireland at Crumlin by hosting various events including Bracknagh Tractor Run.
They will donate their prize money to Crumlin Hospital and local community groups in Bracknagh.
The other finalists — Timothy O’Connell and Peter and Paula Hynes — were presented with a €1,000 prize as well as a family break.
A farm hero
“A farm hero is someone who goes out of their way to help their neighbour and their community,” said Christy Doherty, head of farm at AXA Insurance Ireland.
“The farm hero might be a first aid volunteer, train the local sports team, fundraise for local causes, bring meals to older neighbours or be a support in times of crisis."
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