Thursday 22 August 2019

Remembering all cruelly affected by deaths and injuries on roads

World Day of Remembrance for the millions killed and hurt on highways around the globe

Those killed in road accidents will be remembered
Those killed in road accidents will be remembered

World Day of Remembrance is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year.

It is the day when we remember the millions killed and injured on the world's roads, together with their families, friends and many others who were affected.

It is also a day on which we thank the emergency services for the work they do each and every day, both in making our roads safer and in dealing with the aftermath of collisions.

Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent and traumatic. Their impact is long-lasting and widespread.

While road deaths are counted in the year they occur, a family remains bereaved forever.

Many others remain deeply affected by the loss of a friend, colleague or neighbour.

The effect on the emergency services, whose work involves facing the consequences of crashes on a daily basis, is also profound.

Each year, the RSA highlights this day of commemoration with a reception for those families whose loved ones were killed or seriously injured and road traffic victims groups who have done so much to support the promotion of road safety.

We will be marking World Day of Remembrance for the eleventh time on Sunday, November 19, while the RSA's launch event will be held in Smock Alley Theatre on Thursday, November 16.

Of all the events the RSA organises, the launch of World Day of Remembrance is particularly special.

It's an opportunity for families and friends to reflect and remember their loved ones. This gathering serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of a continued focus on road safety to prevent the loss of more lives and to avoid other families experiencing the grief and devastation of losing a loved one.

As well as the launch event in Dublin, remembrance services and ceremonies will be held across the country on Sunday, November 19, with members of An Garda Síochána, county councils, emergency services and victim support groups joining with the RSA.

More than 24,000 people have died on roads in Ireland since we began recording in 1959.

After a disappointing spike in road deaths last year, events like this one, we hope, will serve as a catalyst for us all to think about how we use the roads. Let's make 2017 a safer year on our roads.


Sunday, November 19

* Cork: Remembrance service takes place in the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, Roman Street (Shandon), Cork city at 11.30am.

* Cavan: A special memorial event will take place in Castle Saunderson, Belturbet, Cavan, from 2pm to 4pm.

* Dublin: A special memorial Mass will be celebrated in St Michan's Church, Halston Street, Dublin 7, at 11am.

* Galway: A commemoration to remember all road traffic victims in the Clayton Hotel, Galway, at 2pm.

* Kerry: A special Mass for road victims at 9am in St Mary's Church, Listowel, and in St. Mary's Cathedral, New Street, Killarney, at 12pm.

* Louth: A special memorial Mass will be celebrated in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, at 1.15pm.

* Mayo: There will be a service at Knock Shrine at noon.

* Waterford: A special commemoration in the Tower Hotel, Waterford, at 2pm.

* Westmeath: The Irish Road Victims' Association is hosting a memorial service for road traffic victims in the Belvedere and Uisneach suites, Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, at 2pm.

Details of all events can be found on

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