November 2019

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

‘Bereaved Children Awareness Week’

Embrace FARM in conjunction with Agrikids 

November 18th – 22nd 2019 

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network will be running its annual Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week from November 18th – 22nd.  The week shines a light on the how we can help our children deal with grief and loss.  In honour of the week, we have teamed up with AgriKids to invite primary school children to enter our #IAmHere art competition.

Simply download the picture and mail your entries to Embrace FARM, Annegrove House, Mountrath, Co. Laois.  3 winners will be chosen from each category and given an AgriKids hamper of goodies. We will be also be selecting one overall winner whose winning artwork will be printed on a remembrance candle in memory of those children we have lost to a farming accident.  This candle will be lit at our annual remembrance service in June and also a selection of the entries will be put on display as symbol of comfort and support for all affected by a farming accident.  Entries close on November 25th , entries received after this date will not be accepted.



 Ist – 3rd Class

4th – 6th  class

You can download the picture here

October 2019

Embrace FARM Accident Survivors Information Day

‘Living Your New Normal’

Building Resources to continue your Farming Life after an Accident

October 17th 2019

The Hub, Cillin Hill, Leggettsrath, Co. Kilkenny


Embrace FARM will hold an information support day in conjunction with the National Rehabilitation Hospital for people who have suffered an accident or serious illness to continue their farming life after such a life changing event. The day will bring together support organisations that can offer assistance to people depending on the issues the have experienced with their emotional and/or physical health. The day will have a practical focus with demonstrations from machinery adaption engineers on how they have adapted their tractors etc so they can continue with their love of farming.

There will be two host speakers on the day. The first of these is Bill Fields of Agrability travelling from the United States explaining how his organisation has helped farmers with mobility issues continue with their lives ranching and farming there. Secondly, we will have Enda Murphy, Psychotherapist and Author of ‘Five Steps to Happiness’ chat about his work and how our emotional state affects our daily life.

There is no admission to attend this event but we ask that anyone wishing to attend to please register their attendance though our event link on eventbrite here.


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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