June 2019

Annual Embrace FARM Ecumenical Remembrance Service

Embrace FARM will hold its sixth annual national ecumenical Remembrance Service on Sunday 30th June at 2pm in the church of The Most Holy Rosary at 2pm in Abbeyleix. The service began in 2014 following the tragic loss of Brian Rohan’s father Liam on their family farm the year before. Brian and his wife Norma felt to hold a national service where families, friends and neighbours that have lost someone close to them in a farming accident could be remembered in a compassionate and simple way. Since then the service is held on the last Sunday of June in Abbeyleix. If you wish to attend or have the name of a loved one remembered at this service please contact Norma on or phone 085 – 7709966 at your earliest convenience.

April 2019

Resilient Farmers’ Conference

Embrace FARM will be hosting “Resilient Farmers’ Conference – Farmer’s Health & Well-being: building a community of support” in conjunction with Rural Support (Northern Ireland) and Farm Safety Foundation (UK) on Thursday 25th April at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

The objectives of the day are to:

• Highlight the issues impacting farmers health and well-being and the responsibility of Government and Industry. (Healthy Farmers, Healthy Farms, Healthy Sector / Society)

• Ensure stakeholders and policy makers understand and act on the fact that farmers health and resilience is everyone’s business.

• Identify opportunities and way forward to collaborate in our own community and across these islands.

The event opens with Mairead McGuinness MEP delivering a welcome address and will be compered by Damien O’Reilly of Countrywide (RTE Radio One) with key note speakers from Rural Support, Farm Safety Foundation and Embrace FARM. Fireside discussions from the health and education sectors will give first hand accounts from farmers themselves to show the resilience and adversity this sector faces daily.

If you wish to attend, please contact Catherine at or 086-1701635 to confirm the name and contact information of the person wishing to attend no later than April 12th 2019.

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