The closing days of 2017 the South East Ireland Ford Six Cylinder Club held a charity fund raising day in conjunction with the local New Holland agents, Murphy's Motors of Glenmore, Co Kilkenny. During the event owners of any Ford, or Ford derived tractor, were invited to connect their machines to a dynometer in return for a €20 donation to Embrace Farm Ireland, a charity dedicated to supporting those who have been bereaved and affected through accidents on farms. A total of €1,100 was raised on the day and the cheque presented by John Ryan and Paul Gannon of the club to Diane Bannville of the charity, at Murphys Motors open evening, held in early January this year. Diane's husband, Kevin, tragically lost his life in a farm accident on St Patricks day 2014, just a few short weeks after their second son was born. He was a keen breeder of Belgian Blue cattle and had started to enjoy success at various shows including a first place at Tullamore. The couple lived with their young family at Newbawn, Co Wexford, where he is fondly remembered as an active member of the community.
Bernadette Murphy, a director of Murphys Motors, is a strong supporter of the charity and was keen to help raise funds so that the organisation may continue to provide help in times of distress to those families suffering a loss. Furthermore, she is preparing to assist with the charity's farm safety campaign in a bid to prevent further deaths and injuries in what remains Ireland's most dangerous occupation. The club has been established for just over a year and is open to all owners of Ford, or Ford based tractors. As well as being a focus point for like minded enthusiasts it intends holding regular events throughout Ireland, including working days and further charitable fund raising activities. Embrace Ireland may be contacted via - [email protected], the Ford Six Cylinder Club via - [email protected] and Bernadette Murphy via - [email protected]