Grassroots diary: Farm safety group reaches out to farmers in the west
Embrace FARM will host a support group meeting in the Corralea Court Hotel , Tuam, Co Galway on Friday November 25, at 8pm.
The establishment of Embrace Farm was a much needed effort to reach out a helping hand from within farming to those who have been affected by a farm accident.
The support group was set up in 2014 by Norma and Brian Rohan, after Brian's father Liam died in 2012 following a farm accident.
Laois man Liam was a highly respected dairy farmer, a former champion ploughman and well-known for his diligence when it came to farm safety. As someone said at the time: "If it could happen to Liam Rohan, it could happen to anyone."
The Tuam meeting will be facilitated by Peter Gohery who got involved in Embrace Farm shortly after it was established, having himself survived a serious farm accident.
In 2009, Galway farmer Peter lost one leg above the knee and badly injured the other when he got caught up in an unprotected PTO.
Peter explains that the Tuam meeting is not about farm safety but rather to offer emotional support and practical advice to the bereaved, survivors and witnesses of farm accidents.
In particular, it is aimed at people in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon areas and they are hoping to reach out to those who have not been in touch with Embrace before.