A NORTH Kerry mother who lost her son in a road traffic accident eight years ago has organised a mass of rememberance for all those who have died on the roads of north Kerry.
The mass, which takes place at St Mary's Church Listowel at 9am this Sunday, was organised by Lisselton woman Ann Tydings, whose son Padraig should have been be celebrating his 30th birthday on the day.
Ann's son was killed in a traffic accident a day after his 22nd birthday, making Sunday's Mass both a celebration of his birthday and his anniversary.
The mass is open to parents, families and friends of anyone who was killed in road traffic accidents across north Kerry, as well as those who were injured in such accidents.
Ann explained that a number of parents who have lost children will be reading prayers of the faithful, while members of the ambulance service, the gardaí and the fire brigade will share in the readings.
As well as remembering those lost in road traffic accidents across north Kerry, Ann hopes that Sunday's mass will also allow people to reflect on the dangers of driving and the agony that is left behind following fatal accidents.
"Unfortunately it is happening all too often and this mass will allow people to reflect on the consequences, not only for the families left behind but the friends and the wider community," Ann said. "There are so many people affected by road traffic accidents across north Kerry and that is why I felt a mass would be a nice way to remember those we have lost."
Canon Declan O'Connor will officiate at Sunday's service, which has been organised to coincide with World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims.