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'My husband's month's mass was the weekend that should have been our first wedding anniversary'

Diane Banville has spoken about her husband’s death and is urging farmers to stay safe and think before they leave for work.
Jan 20th 2015, 2:32 PM 25,804 14

“WE HIT IT off from the start, we had that same sense of humor. We got each other and it just felt as it was meant to be…I felt secure with Kevin that he was my rock.

On Kevin’s birthday everything was just so perfect. We had a 2-year-old and a newborn and five weeks later my whole life was ripped apart.

Diane and Kevin got married on April 19 2013.

The weekend that should have been their first wedding anniversary ended up being Kevin’s month mind.

Kevin Banville and DIANE

Diane said, “On the one year anniversary I was sitting in the church lighting a candle.

“Saint Patrick’s day started off the same as any other day- when Ryan woke up Kevin bought him up to watch fireman Sam and Dora to give me a break before he went off to work.

Kevin Banville and Ryan Kevin with Ryan Source: What's Left Behind via YouTube

“We had planned on going into the parade. Kevin kissed me goodbye and told me he loved me.

“Next thing it was 3 o’clock and there was no sign of Kevin. I put the two boys into the car and drove down into the yard and I found Kevin.

On that day life just completely changed.

Kevin had been killed in an accident where a bale had come on him.

Nobody expects to be a widow at 35 years of age with two small kids. You should have your whole life infront of you instead your just treading water.

Kevin Banville and family Source: What's Left Behind via YouTube

“I would ask people to have a look, slow down maybe. You go out that door, kiss your wife goodbye and say you’ll be back in a few hours.

Think – what if you don’t come back through that door how would your wife and kids survive without you.

A video of Diane’s story has been released to encourage agriculture workers to redouble their efforts on safety this year to avoid a repeat of the horrific spate of deaths in 2014.

Source: ballywire/YouTube

Read: Five children were among 30 who died working on Irish farms last year>

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