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Sunday 15 September 2019

Farm safety event at Enniscorthy Mart attracts a capacity crowd

Teagasc Wexford members:Ciaran Hickey, Jack Murphy, Ger Shortle, Kevin Brennan and Niamh Doyle
Teagasc Wexford members:Ciaran Hickey, Jack Murphy, Ger Shortle, Kevin Brennan and Niamh Doyle
Tom Deane, Teagasc Enniscorthy, John O’Connor, Teagasc Kildalton (guest speaker), and James Doran, Teagasc Enniscorthy
Alice Doyle and Caroline Farrell, national chairperson, IFA Farm Family
Martin, Niamh and Katie Nolan from Oylegate

Brendan Keane

Farm safety was the focus of attention at an event in Enniscorthy that was attended by 350 farmers from across counties Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and south Wicklow.

Organised by the IFA, the seminar was held at Enniscorthy Mart and was addressed by a number of special guest speakers.

The event was opened by Wexford IFA chairperson James Kehoe and both he and Alice Doyle, from the IFA centre, highlighted the importance of everyone making themselves more aware about farm safety.

The regional manager of Teagasc, Ger Shortle, told the attendees that it's important to have farm safety high on everyone's agenda.

Lorcan Brennan highlighted the importance of looking after one's mental as well as physical health and encouraged people to become more active in their communities and engage with more people.

Paddy Redmond, from the Red Cross, gave a demonstration on CPR and what to do in the event of someone having a heart attack or stroke.

Other areas of attention included safe animal handling and how to work safely with farm machinery, which involved a presentation from the IFA's national farm safety officer, William Shortall, who was assisted by William Masterson.

Denis Doyle, from Enniscorthy Fire Service, gave out information about fire safety in the home and on farms and Joe Kavanagh, from FBD, spoke about insurance issues relating to farms.

Members of the gardai were also in attendance, including Sergeant Kevin Foley, from Gorey Garda Station, who spoke about weights on trailers.

The organisers were very grateful to local businesses that sponsored equipment for the event, including Ivan Byrne trailers, Clohamon, and John Murphy and William Masterson who provided farm machinery.

They also expressed thanks to Frank Devoy and the management and staff in Enniscorthy Mart for the use of their facility.

Gorey Guardian

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