The Protecting Livelihoods Knowledge Transfer approved event took place at Granard Farmer’s mart last night, Tuesday November 27th.
The event was organised in partnership with Granard Gardaí and in association with Kiernan Milling. There were hundreds of farmers in attendance on the night, from all types of backgrounds and age groups. The MC on the night was Gareth Carroll B.A. of Kiernan Milling, with a number of important topics from speakers, all focusing on protecting the livelihood of an average farmer.
Rural Crime and Farm Security -
The night began shortly before 8pm, with some welcoming addresses from Granard mart manager, Charlotte Kearney, Tom Canning (VP of the ACA) and Gareth Carroll (Kiernan Milling).
This was followed by the first speakers of the night, who were focusing on Rural Crime and Farm Security. Speaking on behalf on An Garda Síochána on the night was Sergeant Paul McDermott, who discussed securing your farm, the rights of farmers when protecting their farm, the best security measures and marking your farm equipment.
There was also a demonstration on the night on how the trailer/equipment marking machinery works. Check out the demonstration video, via our Facebook live feed, below.
Farm Safety and Insurance -
The next topic of farm safety and insurance was covered in detail by Barry Clarke, Rural Development manager with AXA Insurance.
Barry discussed the different types of insurance and covers now available through AXA and was followed by Myles Reilly, Regional Development Manager with AXA, who discussed in depth the various ways to farm safer and the different dangers associated with the industry.
Protecting your Mental Health -
The final topic on the night was perhaps the most important, focusing on Mental Health.
As a special treat for attendees, Six-time All-Ireland winner, Kevin McManamon, who also works as a Sports Psychology Consultant shared some of his experiences in dealing with high-pressure situations. He recounted many stories from his time playing with Dublin GAA and gave advice to farmers on how they could overcome similar situations.
The night was capped with a Q&A session with the footballer, with many topics touched upon, such as the infamous “how many steps” debate over Kevin’s goal against Kerry. Watch Kevin’s talk in full below!
Other Details -
AXA Insurance; Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) and Paul Belton - Midland Agri Consultants LTD were also involved in the organisation of this event.