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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘We are no longer just supporting people in the aftermath of a farm accident’

On Sunday, June 25th, 2023, Embrace FARM will host its tenth Annual Ecumenical Remembrance Service to allow farming families to share the names and memories of those injured or lost to sudden death.

Over the past ten years, the service has become a pinnacle event in the farming community.

It acknowledges the suffering of those who have survived farm accidents and provides a place for farm families to remember loved ones who have died suddenly.

The event takes place in the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, at 2 pm. The service will be live-streamed on Embrace FARM’s website and replayed on RTÉ on Sunday, July 2nd, 2023.

As with other years, the Embrace FARM team calls on farm families to submit names of their loved ones who have died so they can be remembered in the service.

Last year, 285 people’s names were featured in the roll call.

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Following the success of April’s Embrace FARM Encircle Conference, this year, members from the broader agricultural community are being asked to further support the event by lighting a candle in memory of those lost. 

To add a loved ones name to the list of names which will be called out at this year’s Remembrance Service, people are asked to call or WhatsApp 085-7709966 or email [email protected] with name, county, year of death or accident, and a photograph if available. 

Norma comments

Speaking about the impact of Embrace FARM since it was founded ten years ago, Founder Norma Rohan said:

“It all started with the first remembrance service in 2014, and since then, our services have evolved and grown so that we now provide support groups along with personalised practical and emotional supports for the farming community.”

“At our recent Encircle conference, the industry highlighted the vast range of services still needed, and our organisation will continue to evolve to try to address these issues.”

“Our new tagline ‘Support after Sudden Loss or Injury’ demonstrates how we are no longer just supporting people in the aftermath of a farm accident, but that we are providing support for all types of sudden death and injury on the farm.”

“Despite the range of services we now offer, the Remembrance Service remains the same; it comforts our community to remember and reflect on their loved ones lost,” she concluded.

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