Families gather to remember loved ones killed on our roads
A member of the emergency services lit a candle for Martina Loughlin, who died last week in a collision on the M50 motorway.
One of the most recent victims to die on Irish roads, Martina (47), from Edenderry, Co Offaly, was recalled amid quietly emotional scenes at a memorial service held yesterday on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
The service, at St Finian's Lutheran Church on Adelaide Road, Dublin, saw family members of those who died in accidents over the years gather to remember their loved ones by placing a leaf bearing their name on a tree of remembrance and a candle on the altar.
Teresa Corrigan and her daughter Kiera (2) were there to pay tribute to Teresa's brother, Kieran (17), who died in 2005 when his car hit a ditch near Bantry, Co Cork.
Among those present were family members of Angela Kelly, Orla Curry and Martin Brophy of Rathdowney, Co Laois, who all lost their lives in a crash following a birthday party last July. Family members were also there to recall Fintan O'Driscoll (17) who died alongside two friends in a freak accident when their car plunged into the sea outside Castletownbere, Co Cork, in 2008.
Pastor Stephan Arras said that when somebody dies in a road traffic accident, the world "falls apart" for their loved ones.
"Life is fragile," he said, adding that we must not forget that each day is a gift that must not be taken for granted.
Meanwhile, gardaí in Killarney are appealing for information after a cyclist was killed following a collision with a car.
The incident occurred on the N22 at Scart, Farranfore, just after 11am yesterday.
The cyclist, aged in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Kerry General Hospital.
The driver and passenger of the car were not injured in the collision.
A forensic examination of the scene was carried out.