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.
The RSA have a wall of remembrance on our Facebook page where loved ones who died or who were injured on our roads can be remembered. Please see here.
Please let us know what is happening in your area to mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims in the feedback section below and we will add all the details to this page. Please see this years poster here
Activities taking place in Ireland to mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims include remembrance services and ceremonies:
- PARC Road Safety Group are holding a Special Ceremony to remember all those affected by road traffic collisions in Loreto Secondary School Sports Hall, Fermoy, Cork at 2pm. Music by the Cork Garda Choir. Please see here for a poster of our event. PARC's 2016 edition of Finding Your Way, a free information guide for families of victims of road traffic collisions will be launched. You can download a copy of Finding Your Way from PARC's website www.parcroadsafety.ie For further details please contact Susan Gray at 086-3773784.
- A memorial 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.
- A Special Memorial Mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in St. Michans Church, Halston Street, Dublin 7 at 12.00 pm. It will be attended by members of the Emergency Services and singing will be provided by the Music Ministry Choir. A candle lighting service will take place to remember all those who have tragically lost their lives on our roads. On the day family members will also be invited to place the name of their loved one on the Jesse tree. All are welcome to attend, if you have any queries in relation to this event please contact Orlaith on 087 9775710. See Map here to St. Michans Church, Halston Street, Dublin
- A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Salthill Hotel, Galway at 2pm on Sunday the 20th of November. As part of the ceremony you are invited to bring a framed photograph of your lost loved one. Please rsvp by contacting Catherine by email email@example.com or by phone 087-2027034.
- A special memorial mass is taking place in St. Mary’s Cathedral, New Street, Killarney at 12pm mid-day.
- A special mass for road victims will take place at 9am in St Mary’s Church, Listowel. All are welcome.
- Remembrance services and three Prayers of the Faithful will be read out in all church masses across the county. Kildare County Council will also be promoting the remembrance day on our social media pages.
- A special remembrance mass will take place in in St. Augustine’s Church, Limerick on Sunday 20th November at 11.15am. All are welcome.
- A special memorial mass is taking place in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, Co. Louth at 1:15pm. All are welcome.
- A service will take place in Knock Shrine at 12 noon to recognise the professional work performed by all the emergency services and hospital staff. Refreshments and a get together will take place after mass in St. John’s Rest and Care Centre.
- A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Woodlands Hotel, Waterford at 2pm. As part of the ceremony you are invited to bring a framed photograph of your lost loved one. Please rsvp by contacting Eileen by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 087-9742016.
- 'The Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA) are hosting a memorial service for Road Traffic Victims in the Belvedere and Uisneach suites, Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar at 2pm. Musical performances by John Smith, John Maher, Vincent Hunt and 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. They invite you to join them and to take a framed photo of your lost loved one with you. For families affected, for their free information guide and other support and contact information visit their website www.irva.ie If you would like your lost loved one included on their Wall of Remembrance or 'Remember Me' scrolls, please email a photo, together with your contact information to: email@example.com Should you require any further information, please contact Donna Price @ 0868634194.' Please see a poster for the event here.