Monday 16 September 2019

Newbawn woman highlights farm safety

Kevin and Diane Banville.
Kevin and Diane Banville.
Diane Banville.

By Esther Hayden

The wife of a young farmer who was killed in a freak farm accident has appealed to farmers to slow down and work safely.

Diane Banville, whose husband Kevin died on the family farm in Newbawn, New Ross on March 17 last year is featured in a new video highlighting farm safety.

In the video Diane said her 'whole life was ripped apart' just ahead of the couple's first wedding anniversary.

Kevin was killed when a silage bale fell on him, just one month after Diane had given birth to the couple's second child.

One month later she had to christen baby Cillian, which was also their first wedding anniversary but also on the same weekend of Kevin's Months Mind Mass.

'I fell in love with Kevin mostly because of his honesty. Kevin told you exactly what he was thinking; he wore his heart on his sleeve.

'Anything you would have wanted to do, he would have done. Even days when he'd be down farming during the summer, he'd come up with a bunch of daffodils to me. I felt secure with Kevin. He was my rock.'

The couple were married on April 19, 2013 but on St Patrick's Day 2014 Kevin died in a farm accident.

'We had planned on going in to see the parade. He kissed me goodbye, told me that he loved me and the next thing, it was 3pm and no sign of Kevin.

'I put the two boys into the car and drove down into the yard and found Kevin. On that day, life just completely changed.'

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