Saturday 20 April 2019

Sports stars Embrace fundraising event in memory of Martin

Rugby star Tadhg Furlong
Rugby star Tadhg Furlong

David Looby

Tadhg Furlong is one of many sporting stars who will attend a family fun day and barbecue which is being held in August in memory of Martin Kehoe Jnr, the talented ploughman who was killed in a farm accident in September 2017.

Organised by Kieran Tracey and his team, the fun day takes place from noon till 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, at New Ross Rugby Club, Knockmullen.

On September 19 last year the communities of Foulksmills and Clongeen, and the wider farming and ploughing community of Ireland, lost father-of-three Martin, aged 33, in a freak accident on his farm.

A family member said: 'Martin was a devoted and loving father, husband, son, brother and friend, with his whole life ahead of him. His family meant the world to him and sadly in his untimely passing Martin left behind his wife Kerrie, daughters Aoibheann (5), Saoirse (3) and son Tadhg (1), as well as his father Martin Snr, brother Willie John, sisters Eleanor, Michelle and Christina. In his short life Martin met and befriended many people in the most positive and rewarding ways, enriching the lives of everyone who knew him. Farming thoroughly was Martin's passion and gave him untold happiness. He was extremely popular and respected within the entire farming community.'

They said the sudden death of Martin has left many people heartbroken.

'Although family, friends and the greater community have gone above and beyond with their generosity, kindness and support during this tragic time; external support is also very important. Embrace FARM is a charity organisation established in Ireland to help families of individuals just like our family, affected by farm tragedies and accidents.' The Kehoe family were supported by Embrace FARM which aims to develop a positive support network for those families, by linking them together and providing the necessary bereavement counsellors and support for those in need.

'Farming is a massive part of Irish culture but is also a dangerous job. Unfortunately, we are not the only family with a heartbreaking story. But thanks to Embrace FARM and their dedication to supporting individuals and families affected by these life-changing events and their promotion of the importance of farm safety, everything seems a little brighter.'

On October 28, Kieran along with his father Bob, will be running the Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for the great work that Embrace FARM do. As part of their fundraising effort they are hosting the family fun day and barbecue to celebrate Martin's life.

The day promises to be filled with fun, games, entertainment and a raffle with prizes you won't want to miss. Attending this event will be Irish international, Grand Slam winner, European champion and British and Irish Lion, Tadhg Furlong, current GAA stars and other well-known people.

'Please come along to help us remember Martin and to raise funds for a charity very close to our hearts. No donations are ever too small.

'Without fundraising this vital support would not be available to families like us. We look forward to seeing you all on the day,' Kieran said.

New Ross Standard