Embrace FARM – the support network helping farm families grieving the loss of a loved one or those injured in accidents and traumas on farms on the island of Ireland – welcomed families in person to its annual remembrance service for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Speaking at the opening address, Embrace FARM co-founder Brian Rohan said: “The recent years have been difficult for those of us grieving the loss of a loved one, with the isolation of the pandemic adding to the journey.

"This year, we will again remember all those who have been affected by trauma from every corner of our island. Today, hopefully, plays a part in your healing.

"We give thanks to all who are making this service possible, to Fr. Paddy Byrne, parish priest at Abbeyleix & Raheen; Canon Patrick Harvey, rector of Abbeyleix & Killermogh Union of Parishes; and Tina Cuddy, who is directing our local musicians.”

Among those attending were the heads of the main farming organisations, including David Brown, President of the UFU, and Tim Cullinan, IFA President.