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Watch: Safe Family Farms schools competition

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James Taylor meets students from around the country who have been competing to win the Safe Family Farms competition, run by ESB Networks and The Irish Farmers Journal.
James Taylor meets students from around the country who have been competing to win the Safe Family Farms competition, run by ESB Networks and The Irish Farmers Journal.

This week, we caught up with the finalists – Scoil Chriost Rí in Laois, St. Michael’s College in Kerry and Scoil Mhuire in Roscommon.

Over the next three weeks, we will visit each school and explain their ideas for making family farms safer places for us all. Each of the finalists will showcase their innovative ideas in a workshop in their school.

Scoil Chriost Rí

Jessie Langton, Shaunagh Dunne, Jennifer O’Neill, Meghan Devery and Emily Gowing are fifth year agricultural science students in Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. They are all very passionate about raising farm safety awareness due to personal experiences. Under the stewardship of their teacher, Ms. Miriam O’Gorman, they have come up with a solution that could help prevent farm fatalities in the future.

Scoil Mhuire

Michael Feely attends Scoil Mhuire in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Michael’s primary aim is to make farm families aware of the importance of mental health and psychological well-being in life, particularly farming. Regardless of how many safety procedures are set up or safeguards put in place, if a person is not in the right frame of mind, accidents can occur. Michael is a fifth year agricultural science student in Modwena Geoghan’s class.

St. Michael’s College

Padraig Hunt and Michael Murphy are fifth year agricultural science students in St. Michael’s College, Listowel, Co. Kerry. They believe that their idea is an effective, low-cost way to raise awareness on farm safety. They believe that their idea would raise awareness, reduce accidents and encourage people to think about farm safety.

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