Laoise Bennis and Elaine Houlihan training for the cycle.

Young farmers swap tractors for bikes for charity

Over twenty young farmers from across the country, including Sean Kelly from Kilruane, are swapping tractors for bicycles this week as they cycle 670km from Mizen to Malin Head as part of a charity fundraiser. Elaine Houlihan, the organiser of the event and Macra na Feirme Munster vice-president said it was a privilege to lead the group who have been training since January for the cycle.

"Each of the three charities we're raising money for play an important part in rural communities. Embrace Farm, supports farm families dealing with farm accidents and bereavements, Make the Moove help farmers struggling with depression and mental health issues and the Irish Cancer Society help all families battling cancer," Elaine said.

"All the cyclists have been affected in some way by these issues and want to show their support for their friends and families by raising much needed funds for each charity. We've been overwhelmed by the support so far and hope to keep raising money throughout the week."

"The latest CSO statistics show that on average 25 farmers take their own lives by suicide every year and it's important for us as young farmers to stand up and support our rural communities and be brave enough to start the conversation around mental health issues."


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