A year ago this weekend the Northern Ireland community was stunned after hearing of the death of three men in a tragic accident on their farm near Hillsborough.
Noel, Graham and Nevin Spence died while trying to save each other in a slurry pit accident on September 15, 2012.
As a promising young rugby star with Ulster and Ireland, Nevin Spence (pictured below) obviously drew much of the attention following the deaths and the world’s rugby family united in grief.
It will be a weekend for remembering the three men, but equally important the Spence family who are still coming to terms with the loss of two generations in one dreadful tragic accident.
On Friday morning, Ulster Rugby chaplain, Rev Andrew Thompson, was on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘ Good Morning Ulster’ with ‘thought for the day’.
It will be published in Friday night’s matchday programme for the Ulster v Glasgow Warriors PRO12 game.
During this evening’s game Ulster fans will remember Nevin, and his father, Noel and older brother, Graham, by a round of applause.
They will also remember those left behind, who will be suffering this weekend as the dreadful events of September 15, 2012, will be recalled.
Later this season an education and heritage centre at the newly developed Ravenhill will be officially opened and named in memory of Nevin Spence.
As we all enjoy the rugby tonight and over the weekend, and amongst all the others things we will be doing, we should also pause for a few moments to remember the wife and mother who is missing a husband and two sons, a sister missing a dad and two brothers, a wife who is missing a husband and a son missing a father.