Opinion

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Grassroots diary: Special mass to honour victims of farm tragedy

Brian Rohan, founder of Embrace Farm with Rory Best, Ulster Ambassador and Sinead McLaughlin, former Ladies Football Tyrone captain, who lost her father, Cathal, in a farming accident.
Brian Rohan, founder of Embrace Farm with Rory Best, Ulster Ambassador and Sinead McLaughlin, former Ladies Football Tyrone captain, who lost her father, Cathal, in a farming accident.

Claire McCormack

Five families have been left utterly devastated by the tragic loss of a loved one after a farm-related accident so far this year.

These are not just statistics - behind each story is a grieving family, a community in shock, and a farm that needs to continue being farmed no matter what's happened.

In many cases a widow is left to pick up the pieces, not knowing where to start. Meanwhile, her young son or daughter may have to take the reins a little sooner than planned - without the guidance of their mentor. Bills still have to be paid, cattle still have to be fed, the farm must live on.

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