Posted By Cormac Sheridan ~ 13th November 2012
REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS OF ROAD COLLISIONS
– 23,227 people killed on Irish roads since 1959 –
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), Local Authorities, members of An Garda Síochána and the Emergency Services are calling on people to remember the victims of road collisions on ‘World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims’ on Sunday 18 November. This comes as figures reveal that 23,227 people have died on Irish roads to date (13 November 2012) since records began in 1959.
So far this year, 149 families, friends and communities have been left devastated by the loss of a loved one.
A number of commemoration services, masses and events will take place throughout the country this weekend to remember those who have died or been seriously injured on our roads and the families and friends who are left grieving for their loss. A full list of the events taking place to mark ‘World Remembrance Day’ is available onwww.rsa.ie
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Leo Varadkar TD said, “Since 1959, 23,227 people have been killed on our roads, more than the population of the town of Athlone. And for every life lost on our roads, hundreds more are devastated by the loss. ’World Remembrance Day’ gives us all an opportunity to remember the victims of road crashes, the families grieving for their loss and the communities shattered by these tragedies. It also allows us to reflect on our own behaviour on the roads and ask ourselves how we can contribute to making the roads a safer place for everyone.”
Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority said, “’World Remembrance Day’ is a time for everybody to come together and remember those who have died on our roads, as well as the families, friends and communities who continue to live with their grief and loss. It’s also a time to remember those in the emergency services who have to deal with the consequences and the aftermath of collisions. We also acknowledge those who have been seriously injured on our roads and those who continue to support and care for them every day. On ‘World Remembrance Day’, I ask that we all take a moment to think about our behaviour on our roads and how we can make the roads a safer place for us all.”
Assistant Commissioner Gerard Phillips, An Garda Síochána said, “An Garda Síochána is committed to working with all road safety stakeholders to keep our roads free from death and serious injury but we need the support of each and every person who uses the roads. ‘World Remembrance Day’ reminds us how quickly and easily tragedy can happen on our roads and I would encourage people to use the day as an opportunity to look at our own actions on the roads and the role we play in keeping them free from tragedy.”
The following activities will mark ‘World Remembrance Day’:
The day will be marked by special prayers in more than 30 churches of all denominations throughout the county. The prayers will remember those who died, empathise with bereaved families, acknowledge the work of the emergency services and serve as a reminder of the risks we all face on the roads.
A mass will take place in Cork City in the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, Roman Street, (Shandon) at 11.30am on Sunday 18 November. It will be attended by personnel from the emergency services, road crash survivors and families of those who have lost loved ones on the road.
The road safety group PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our Roads) will launch “Finding Your Way – A Guide for Victims Following the Death or Serious Injury of a Loved one in a Road Traffic Collision” in Buswell’s Hotel on Friday 16 November to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Donegal and Derry:
A commemorative mass will be held in St Connell’s church Glenties Co. Donegal at 11.00am and a mass is planned to take place in St Brigid’s Church, Carnhill, Co. Donegal at 12.30PM.
A special memorial mass will take place in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, Co. Louth at 1.15pm on Sunday 18 November.
A service will take place at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo at 12pm to remember those who have been killed or seriously injured in road collisions. Mayo County Council will also distribute silver remembrance ribbons throughout the country from November 10-17.
Westmeath County Council and the Irish Road Victims Association are holding a special ceremony in Mullingar this year. It will take place at 4pm in Belvedere House and Gardens. They will be planting a tree to remember all of those who have lost their lives on our roads. The Gardaí will read the names of those who have sadly lost their lives this year and will light candles in memory of the deceased. Those attending will be invited to take along a photograph of their loved ones and to float a candle on the lake afterwards in their memory. Balloons of remembrance will also be released following the tree planting ceremony.
To mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims, the RSA has developed a ‘Wall of Remembrance’ (https://apps.facebook.com/191240797620479/) on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/RSAireland. The Wall of Remembrance is a place for people to come and share their memories, to light a candle and leave a memorial message for a loved one who has been killed or seriously injured on our roads. Since it was set up last year, over 600 people have posted messages in memory of their loved ones.
On 14 February 2005, Marcus turned 18. 18 days later he was involved in a car crash while on the way home from rugby training and at 2.45am on 5 March 2005, Marcus took his last breath. At that time, Marcus was studying for his Leaving Cert and wanted to become a vet. He was ambitious, driven and highly motivated. He was also a keen sportsman, playing rugby for Garbally College, Gort RFC and hurling for Ardrahan. He was sociable and hugely popular among his peers.
He never got to sit his Leaving Cert and study veterinary. His life was cut short at a very young age and a life that was so promising was never experienced at all because of driver error and speed.
Majorie Flood’s son Mark was killed after a night out in Dunshaughlin. His tragic death left a family and a much wider community devastated. In the RSA’s ‘Crashed Lives’ ad, Marjorie tells the story of how her family’s world was shaken to its core early one morning, when she found out that her son had been needlessly killed on the road. Marjorie reminds us that until you’re affected, you don’t realise how many people die in preventable crashes on our roads