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Heartbroken family of GAA manager killed in farm accident highlight dangers

The heartbroken family of a GAA manager who was killed in a farm accident have launched a campaign to help save other lives.

Offaly hurling U-21 manager Dermot Hogan died this summer when he fell off the roof of a shed.

His friends and family have released a video testimony, revealing the deep emotional scars and practical problems that the popular GAA figure’s death has left.

“Dermot fell just 10 foot but it didn’t just take just his life, he took away a bit of the rest of us and started immediately having to go out with my father on the road and explain to his wife, his three children and my  mother and brother  that he wouldn’t be getting up,” said brother Eugene.

The campaign, launched by Embrace Farm at the National Ploughing Championships today, warns there will be more fatal accidents unless vigilance on farms is dialled up.

Embrace Farm founder Brian Rohan, whose father Liam died at the age of 74 two years ago following an accident at the family farm in Shanahoe, Co Laois, said that risks with farming in the years ahead are going to grow at the same pace as farming intensifies.

Introducing the ‘What’s left behind!’ campaign, Mr Rohan, said the videos feature four farm families that have suffered great loss will give an insight into the emotional and practical loss associated with farm accidents

“Farming is long since Ireland’s most dangerous industry,” he added.

“Last year it was responsible for 40pc of workplace deaths, with 17 deaths across the year.  There were 10 deaths at the end of September in 2013 but this year has been even worse, with 21 already.  That’s a 110pc increase and you have to fear we are not at the end of it.”

Online Editors