St Michael’s Listowel wins out in National Farm Safety Competition

  • Prize presented by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the National Ploughing Championships

20 September 2017

St. Michael’s College from Listowel has won out in this year’s ESB Networks/Irish Farmers Journal Safe Family Farm competition for schools.

Students Padraig Hunt and Michael Murphy, created a colour coded map of their farm that highlight danger zones, to avoid death or serious injury on the farm. The zone is coloured depending on the level of danger present.

They plan to make a digitised map that can be rolled out to every farm. The successful project was completed under the watchful eye of their teacher Fiona Griffin. Other finalists included Scoil Chriost Rí from Portlaoise and Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

Launched in 2015, ESB Networks partner with the Irish Farmer’s Journal on the Safe Family Farms initiative, which aims to raise awareness of safety on farms across Ireland. The award was presented to Padraig and Michael by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD at the ESB Networks’ stand at the National Ploughing Championships.

Minister Creed says: "I commend both ESB Networks and the Irish Farmers Journal for the Safe Family Farms initiative, which I believe is the very essence of Corporate Social Responsibility. This competition is a bottom-up approach to the sobering issue of farm safety and I commend all finalists and their teachers for the hard work and enthusiasm that is so clearly on display today. Finally, I wish to congratulate my neighbours in St Michael's Listowel - students Padraig and Michael, and teacher Fiona - for emerging national winners."

Marguerite Sayers, ESB Networks Managing Director congratulated all of the finalists for their creative ideas: “This is the first year that we have extended the initiative to secondary schools and we are delighted that we did so. Each of the finalists should be really proud of the commitment and achievement in raising awareness for farm safety. I was hugely impressed to hear from them first hand their innovative approaches to the competition.”

Each of the finalists were presented with a framed copy of the page containing their concept that appeared in the paper. The St Michael’s Listowel students each receive a GoPro camera and a tractor safety demo from Fendt.