“Little did I know that that night, August 4 due to a hay bale I’d be in the back of an ambulance on the way to the Mater Hospital after suffering a life-changing injury,” he said.
Cluskey was just going into sixth year in Belvedere College and got a call from some friends to see if he wanted to go camping that night.
“We set the tents up in a field which was full of hay bales.
“One thing led to another – I was messing about on top of a hay bale and someone was pushing it. I fell from the hay bale.
“I lost all movement from my shoulders down.
“It’s amazing how a split second can change a life.
“Farm safety is something which needs to be taking more seriously
“It was one hay bale I had fallen off and the damage and consequences on my life has been incomprehensible.
“There are so many hidden dangers on a farm that people don’t realise and have the potential to change there lives,” he said.
Cluskey made the comments in an educational film, made by Roscommon CBS transition year students and their ag science teacher.
The film, which launched recently and took over a year to complete, also tells the story of 15-year-old James Mooney, a student at Roscommon CBS, whose knee was broken after a ewe charged at him last summer.
Roscommon CBS teacher, Louise Gallagher, urges all schools, particularly in rural areas, to show the video to science students.
“If it encourages just one person to change a habit that’s what matters to us. The response has gone way beyond the classroom and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone involved,” she said.
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