World Day of Remembrance 2014

World Day of Remembrance 2014

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Sunday 16th November 2014.

With over 1.2 million people killed each year, road crashes are a leading cause of death. Over 3,400 men, women and children are killed every single day on the world’s roads while walking, cycling, or driving. They will never return home. Another 20–50 million others are injured each year and tens of thousands are disabled for life.

The sheer size of the death toll is staggering. The devastation that these incidents wreak on victims, their families, friends and communities is incalculable. The tragedy is worsened as it is mainly the young and healthy, those in the prime of life and supporting their families, who are killed.

The Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, first held in 1993 in the United Kingdom and organised since then by non-governmental organizations in a number of countries, was created as a means to give recognition to victims of road traffic crashes and the plight of their loved ones who must cope with the emotional and practical consequences of these events.

On 26 October 2005, the United Nations adopted a resolution which calls for governments to mark the third Sunday in November each year as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Observation of this day provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to road traffic crashes, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them. The day also provides an opportunity to remind governments and society of their responsibility to make roads safer.

While road traffic deaths are counted in the year they occur, a family remains bereaved forever. The bereaved are not counted or included in road traffic injury data. Many others remain deeply affected by the loss of a friend, colleague, neighbour or member of the community. The effect on the emergency services, whose work involves facing the consequences of crashes on a daily basis, is also profound. Road traffic injuries leave behind shattered families and communities.

This year the RSA will be joining forces with members of An Garda Síochána, Local County Councils, Emergency Services and victim support groups to mark the day and remember those who have died on our roads at services which will be held across the country.

To mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims the RSA has developed a ‘Wall of Remembrance’  on the RSA’s official Facebook page 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 died on the roads.

Activities taking place in Ireland to mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims include remembrance services and ceremonies at the following locations:

  • Athy, a mass will be held at St Michaels parish Church at 12pm.
  • Ballyshannon, a special mass for road victims and blessing of cars will take place in St Patrick's Church at 11 am.
  • Castlebar, a service will take place in The Church of the Holy Rosary at 12 noon and will be attended by members of the emergency services.
  • Cork, a mass will take place in Cork City in the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, Roman Street, (Shandon) at 11.30am. It will be attended by personnel from the emergency services.
  • Donegal, a special memorial service will take place in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal at 12 noon.
  • Drogheda, a special memorial mass is taking place in the Augustinian Church.
  • Dublin, a service is being held in Clarendon Street Church Dublin (just off Grafton St) at 12:30 to remember road victims. There will be a there will be a choir and lighting of candles at the ceremony also.
  • Galway, a special memorial mass is taking place in the : Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas at 3pm.
  • KIllarney, a special memorial mass is taking place in St Mary’s Cathedral Killarney, Co Kerry at 12pm.
  • Kildare - a Road Safety Official and members of the Kildare Emergency Services will attend a number of masses across the county to read a special 'Prayers of the Faithful'. Gardai, Fire Officers and Ambulance Paramedics will attend masses in uniform to mark this occasion.
  • Kilkenny, a special memorial mass is taking place in St Mary’s Cathedral Kilkenny at 11am.
  • Listowel, a special mass for road victims will take place at 9am in St Mary’s Church.
  • Maynooth, a mass is being held at St. Mary's Church, Moyglare Rd. at 1pm.
  • Mullingar, The Irish Road Victims' Association (IRVA) will hold a special ceremony in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar at 2pm.
  • Naas, a service is being held Our Lady & St. David's Church, Sallins Road at 11am for those who have passed away on our roads.
  • Newbridge, St. Conleth Church is holding a special mass for road victims at 11am.
  • Sligo, the PARC Road Safety Group will be holding their 6th annual remembrance event to mark the WDOR for road victims in the Sligo Southern Hotel, Strandhill Road commencing at 2pm sharp. "Finding Your way - A Guide for families of victims following the death or serious injury of a loved one in a Road Traffic Collision" is booklet developed by the PARC Road safety Group to help those who have suffered greatly as a result of a road traffic collision where  they have lost a loved one or been injured themselves.
  • Thurles, There will be a rosary in The Garden OF Remembrance Ballynonty Thurles Co. Tipperary on Sunday 16th November at 3pm.

*Venues and times will be confirmed shortly.