World Day of Remembrance 2015

World Day of Remembrance 2015

World Day of Remembrance 2015

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Sunday 15th November 2015

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.

Activities taking place in Ireland to mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims include remembrance services and ceremonies.

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.

Donegal, Road Traffic victims will be remembered at St Patrick’s Church in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal at 11am mass. If you would like to have a candle lit for a relative or friend please contact the parish office at 071-9851295. There will be a special blessing of the Emergency Services and cars will be blessed after all masses that weekend.

Dublin, A special memorial service will take place in St Finians Lutheran Church, 23 Adelaide Road, Ranelagh Dublin 2 at 3.30pm

Galway, A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Salthill Hotel, Galway at 2pm. As part of the ceremony you are invited to bring a framed photograph of your lost loved one.  If you would like to participate on the day please contact Catherine by email cflaherty@rsa.ie or by phone 087-2027034.

Kerry, A special memorial mass is taking place in St. Mary’s Cathedral, New Street, Killarney at 12pm mid-day.

Kerry, A special mass for road victims will take place at 9am in St Mary’s Church, Listowel

Louth, A special memorial mass is taking place at 1.15pm in the Augustinian Church , Drogheda, Co. Louth

Mayo, A service will take place in Knock at 12 noon for road traffic victims and to honour the work of the emergency services. Download the poster here.

A walk of remembrance will take place in Achill at 3pm on Sunday the 15th of November. Meeting point Ted Lavelle’s Filling Station, Cashel. All welcome.

Tipperary, PARC Road Safety Group are organising a Special Ceremony to remember all those affected by road traffic collisions which will take place in the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, Tipperary at 2.30pm. Everyone welcome. Theme: Celebrating the lives of our lost loved ones. For further details please contact Susan Gray at 086-3773784. You can download 'Finding Your Way', A guide for families of victims following the death or serious injury of a loved one in a road traffic collision. See here for more information

Tipperary, There will be Rosary in The Garden of Remembrance, Ballynonty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 15th November at 3pm.

Westmeath: The Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA) are hosting a memorial service for Road Traffic Victims in the Belvedere & Uisneach suites, Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar at 2pm. Musical performances by John Smith, John Maher, Vincent Hunt, the local youth orchestra, and lone piper Joe Gavin. During the ceremony white doves and balloons will be released by the lakeside by our bereaved families and members of the emergency services, and red roses floated on the lake, in memory of all of the precious lives lost and broken on our roads. We invite you to join us and to take a framed photo of your lost loved one with you. Please see here for a poster of the event. Should you require any further information, please contact Donna Price @ 0868634194. For families affected, our free information guide and other support and contact information is available by visiting our website www.irva.ie  If you would like your lost loved one included on our Wall of Remembrance or 'Remember Me' scrolls, please email a photo, together with your contact information to: irva@eircom.net