World Day of Remembrance

World Day of Remembrance

World Day of Remembrance

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Sunday 18th November 2012.


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.

Since we began to officially record road deaths in this country in 1959 a total of 23,224 people have been killed on Irish roads.

The Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, first held in 1993 in the United Kingdom and organized 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:

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 & Derry
A commemorative mass will be held in St Connell's church Glenties Co. Donegal at and a mass is planned to take place in St Brigid's Church, Carnhill, Co. Derry at 12.30.  A special service will also take place in Kilbarron Parish, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on Sunday November 18th to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

A special memorial mass will take place in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, Co. Louth at 1.15pm on Sunday 18 November. Prayers will also be offered for victims of road traffic collisions at services throuout the county. 

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. . 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.


Prayers are being said for victims of road traffic collisions at all Masses in County Meath during the week-end of 17th/18th November.


A minutes silence will be held ahead of the Galway Hurling County Final in memory of all victims of road traffic accidents, at Pierce Stadium Sunday November 18th at 2pm.


Special prayers will be offered in Masses throughout Ferbane Parish, Co. Offaly on Sunday November 18th.


A special service will be held at St Marys church Listowel on Sunday November 18th at 9am in memory of those who have tragically lost their lives on Irish Roads.