Tipp students’ farm safety contest winners to be revealed this week

A farm safety competition organised by a group of secondary school students and young farmers will reveal the winners of their €5,000 prize fund as part of Farm Safety Week this week.

The transition year students of St. Joseph’s CBS in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, are on a mission to encourage their generation to “open your eyes to farm safety”.

Back in May, Patrick Fogarty, Jack Gleeson, Michael Ryan, Paul Seymour and Patrick Quigley (all of whom are just 16 years-of-age) – along with their teacher Paul Butler – produced a practical farm safety video to “simply help save lives” on Irish farms.

Inspired by personal experiences and from hearing personal stories on the importance of farm safety, at the time the students also launched a competition in conjunction with the video – with a prize fund of €5,000 up for grabs.

Sponsored by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), the competition will see 10 people win €500 each.

In order to take part, participants must answer five questions relating to the farm safety video above in a questionnaire released at the time.

The winners of the questionnaire will then be randomly selected from a draw later this week.

The detailed footage in the video – which was shot on the students’ home farms – depicts the story of a ‘farm safety unaware farmer’ and a ‘farm safety aware farmer’ – with the latter individual making the ‘unaware farmer’ conscious of a number of near accidents; and showing the ‘unaware farmer’ the safe way to carry out the associated tasks.

The Health and Safety Authority’s (HSA’s) farm risk assessment manual is also used by the ‘farm safety aware farmer’ in the video.