Teenager invents device to save farmers' lives after grandfather's serious tractor accident
Kerry teenager Jack Nagle was a winner on the double at Tullamore Show
The Inventions Competition is always one of the highlights at Tullamore Show and this year there was an impressive prize fund of €2,500 provided by three sponsors; the Farming Independent, WR Shaw, and Glenngorey Pumps Ltd.
The beauty of all the inventions at Tullamore is that they are usually born out of necessity on farms.
They are not the idea of an engineer in an office, but instead the brainchild of someone who is faced with a common farming problem.
Jack Nagle (15) from Co Kerry can be very proud of himself after he did the double and won top prize in the Inventions in Agriculture and Student Inventions categories for his Tractor Safe Lock idea.
Jack told me how the Safe Lock - which automatically applies a tractor's handbrake when the driver leaves the seat - came about after his grandfather Patrick O'Sullivan suffered a serious crushing injury when a tractor rolled over him after he had forgotten to apply the handbrake.
Jack was only eight years old at the time, but clearly it was an accident that stuck in his mind. When he was a little older he decided to do something about it after realising that such accidents were very common in Irish farming.
The judges were impressed with Jack's determination to change things for the better for all farmers. His clever invention has already won the ABP Farming Award at this year's BT Young Scientist competition.
It was great to see a trend towards farm safety-related inventions this year, particularly in the student class of inventions.