Farmers and others living in rural areas and Laois and around Ireland have been urged to keep an out out for their neighbours over Christmas.
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association's rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock reminded all those living in rural communities to keep an eye out for one another over the festive season.
“We all lead busy lives and none more so than farmers but it's important to keep our older and more vulnerable citizens in mind over the coming weeks. This will be all the more pertinent given the bad weather forecast for the weekend which may add to the difficulties for many.
“A quick call may be all that is needed to make a big difference in the life of someone who feels lonely or isolated at this time of year. It is important that these people are reassured and reminded they are still a much valued and respected part of their communities. Farmers are renowned for lending a helping hand to others when in need so let’s all work to keep that tradition alive," he said.
Mr Sherlock wished all ICSA members and all those living and farming in rural Ireland a very Happy Christmas and a safe and successful New Year.