World day of Remembrance 2017

World day of Remembrance 2017

World day of Remembrance 2017

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Sunday 19 November 2017

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 Facebook event page where loved ones who died or who were injured on our roads can be remembered. See this 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.

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

Cavan / Monaghan

  • Martina Crudden is organising a 'Remembrance Event' for road traffic victims and their families in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, Monaghan County Council and the RSA.  This special memorial event will take place on Sunday 19th November from 2pm to 4pm in the picturesque surrounds of Castle Saunderson, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Situated just off the main N54 / A3 Clones to Cavan road, close to the Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh border. There will be prayers, poems, music by 'Tully', special guests and light refreshments.  There will be face painting and bouncy castles for the children and all your family members are invited. Martina is currently gathering photographs of traffic victims who have died to put onto a 'commemorative scroll'. If you would like your loved ones to be included on this scroll which will be unveiled on the day, please send a photograph as soon as possible to martinacrudden77@yahoo.ie.

Clare

  • A special memorial mass is taking place in the St. Josephs Church, Ennis, Co. Clare at 11:30am on Sunday 19 November. All are welcome.

Cork

  • A Special Memorial Mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, Roman Street (Shandon), Cork City at 11.30am. It will be attended by personnel from the emergency services.

Donegal

  • A special memorial mass to remember those who have died or were seriously injured on our roads will be held in St. Patrick's Church, Ballyshannon. Co. Donegal at 6.15 pm on Saturday 18th November. A candle will be lit and brought to the Altar for each victim, if you would like to have a candle lit for a relative or friend please give their name to any of the priests or to the Parish Office  071 98 51295. We also pray for families, friends and communities who continue to live with this grief every day.

Dublin

  • A Special Memorial Mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in St. Michans Church, Halston Street, Dublin 7 at 11.00 am Sunday 19th November.  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 bring along a photo of their loved one and to place the name of their loved one the Jesse Tree of Remembrance. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to participate in this service, please phone Orlaith on 087 9775710 or email omaguire@rsa.ie before Friday 10th November.

Galway

  • A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Galway at 2pm on Sunday the 19th 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 cflaherty@rsa.ie  or by phone 087-2027034.

Kerry

  • A special mass for road victims will take place at 9am in St Mary’s Church, Listowel. All are welcome.
  •  A special memorial mass is taking place in St. Mary’s Cathedral, New Street, Killarney at 12pm mid-day.

Limerick

  • There is a Memorial Mass for Road Traffic Victims being held in Limerick City this Sunday November 19th at St. Munchin's Church, Clancy Strand, Limerick at 11.30am.

Louth

  • A special memorial mass is taking place in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, Co. Louth at 1:15pm on Sunday 19 November. All are welcome.

 Mayo

  • A service will take place in Knock Shrine at 12 noon to remember special loved one’s and 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

Tipperary

  • On Sunday November 19, a special service of commemoration for road traffic victims will take place at the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard, Co Tipperary. All are welcome to join us on the occasion. The service takes place at 11.30am.
  • A special commemoration event for World day of Remembrance will  be held in the Davin Club, Carrick-on-Suir, Co.Tipperary at 3pm on the 19 of November. As part of the ceremony, everyone to bring a framed photo of their loved ones with them.
  • A special memorial service is taking place in the Garden Of Remembrance in Ballynonty, Thurles at 3pm on Sunday 19th November. All are welcome.

Waterford

  • A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Tower 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 ecunningham@rsa.ie or by phone 087-9742016.

Westmeath

  • '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: irva@eircom.net  Should you require any further information, please contact Donna Price @ 0868634194. Please see a poster for the event here.