Tipperary farm families urged to attend EMBRACE Farm annual service

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Tipperary farm families urged to attend EMBRACE Farm annual service

All of those who lost their lives to farming accidents throughout Ireland will be commemorated in a service on Sunday, June 24, in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, in Abbeyleix, County Laois at 2pm.

This year, will mark the fifth year that the service has been held. Embrace FARM welcomes everyone who wishes to come with open arms so as everyone can remember their loved ones together.

The group itself was first set up in 2014, by Norma and Brian Rohan from Laois after Brian’s father was sadly killed in a farming related accident on their family farm in 2012.

This year’s service will be lead by Catholic Bishop Denis Nulty and Church of Ireland bishop, Michael Burrows, with local clergy from the Church of Ireland, Canon Harvey, and, Fr Cummins also attending.

The idea behind setting it up was to provide a bereavement support group for families, who like Brian, have lost a family member or loved one to a farming accident.

Over the past 10 years, 210 people have died on Irish family farms, including 24 last year alone.So far, in 2018, there have been seven farm related deaths recorded.

Embrace Farm was contacted by 130 families to have their loved ones remembered at this year’s Ecumenical Service.

Behind each of these families is someone who was very important to a family and a community.

Light refreshments will be served at the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix following the event. All are welcome.

Embrace FARM is now fully integrated with the charities Regulatory Authority in its operation.

It compiled its strategic plan to carry their vision forward from now until 2021 of being “a caring and supporting agri-Community for all those affected by farming accidents”.

Embrace FARM will continue to work hard throughout 2018.

Keep in touch and updated through their Facebook page or their website www.embracefarm.com