My family was most forcefully made aware of the awful impact of farm accidents on Friday, June 19th, 2012.
My Dad, Liam, was involved in an accident on our farm and passed away on the 22nd June, 2012. My name is Brian Rohan and our family farm is based in Shanahoe, Co. Laois.
Following the accident on our family farm, we quickly came to realise that there was little or no help or support for families that have suffered as a result of farm fatalities.
The sense of loss can be overwhelming for farm families in these circumstances. The emotional trauma with the fact you don’t just lose a family member but can also lose a boss and a mentor. The implications are felt right across the business, from farming itself to legal and financial advice.
Almost 200 people, from the very young through to senior citizens, have lost their lives in farming accidents. We set up this organisation early in 2014 to both honour their memory and provide support for those left behind.
At a practical level, our first initiative was to organise a Remembrance Service in June of this year in Abbeyleix that was attended by over 600 people. This will be an annual fixture in our calendar.
A special moment when those who have lost loved are united in an ecumenical service that remembers the dearly departed. We also remember at the services those who have survived serious accidents.