The annual event is now in its third year having been set up in 2014. It is supported by Teagasc, ICA, ICOS, HAS, HSENI, DAFM among others. It was first set up 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.
This years’ service will be led by Church of Ireland Bishop Michael Burrows. Local clergy in attendance from the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian Church will include Fr Gerard Ahern, Canon Patrick Harvey, Fr Michael Kelly, Rev Ian Poulton, Fr Joe Brophy and the Rev Ruth Gill.
All are welcome and sponsored light refreshments will be available after the church service in the local Abbeyleix Manor hotel.
This year’s event marks a somewhat busy year for Embrace Farm directors, with 119 families getting in touch to have a loved one remembered.
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, 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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/embracefarmaccidents/