Success of Embrace FARM 5th Ecumenical Remembrance Service

25/06/2018 Farm Safety
Success of Embrace FARM 5th Ecumenical Remembrance Service

Embrace FARM the support network for those affected by farm accidents  hosted  its 5th Ecumenical Remembrance Service in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix County Laois last  Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2.00pm.


The impressive and very meaningful  service was led by Catholic Bishop, Denis Nulty and  the Church of Ireland, Canon Harvey along with other Church of Ireland and  Roman Catholic clergy.


It is was well supported by farming organisations and agribusiness personnel from DAFM, HSA, HSENI, ICMSA, ICSA, FRS Networks,  IFA,  Teagasc, UFU, YFCU and by  politicians, and relatives of 140 bereaved families from all over Ireland.


After the service the large attendance were treated to finger food and light refreshments (sponsored)  in the local Abbeyleix Manor hotel.


The Agri VIP’s on the day included the following: 


  • Minister for Agriculture & Food , Michael Creed TD;

  • Mairead McGuinness MEP &  Vice President of the European Parliament.

  • An Taoiseach’s Aide-De-Camp Captain Larry Scallan;

  • Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin

  • Canon Patrick Harvey, Church of Ireland.

  • Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) president Pat McCormack;

  • Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent;

  • Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president Ivor Ferguson;

  • Ulster Young Farmers’ Clubs (UYFC) president James Speers;

  • Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) director general Damian McDonald;

  • Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector, Health & Safety Authority

  • Keith Morrison, Chief Executive, Health & Safety Executive of Northern Ireland

  • Peter Byrne, CEO of FRS Networks

  • Former Irish Rugby international John Hayes;

  • Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General, Department of Agriculture;

  • John McNamara, Health & Safety Specialist,  Teagasc.

  • Larry Goodman, AB P Food group owner


Embrace FARM was  represented by co-founders Norma & Brian Rohan and the voluntary board of directors


who give their time freely in the development of the organisation with Norma and Brian.


Details of the board are on their updated and much improved website (sponsored) at


A number of sponsored events are also be organised during each  year for widows and children from the bereaved families.


HSA.jpg: Pictured L2R are Pat McCormack, President of ICMSA,  Minster for Agriculture & Food, Michael Creed TD,  Mairead McGuinness MEP with  Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector Health & Safety Authority and Keith Morrison, CEO of Health Service Executive  Northern Ireland.

IFA.jpg: Pictured L2R are Brian Rohan, Embrace Farm, Ivor Ferguson, UFU President, Caroline Farrell, Chair of IFA Family Farm Committee, Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector Health & Safety Authority, Keith Morrison, CEO of Health Service Executive  Northern Ireland,

Hayes.jpg: Pictured L2R are John Hayes, Munster  rugby icon & Hereford breeder, Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector Health & Safety Authority, Mairead McGuinness MEP, Norma Rohan, founder of Embrace Farm with Ivor Ferguson, UFU President

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