Thursday 8 December 2016

Grassroots diary: Special mass to honour victims of farm tragedy

Claire McCormack

Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30

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.

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

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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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