2018 News

13 November 2018


 24,255 people killed on Irish roads since recording began

This Sunday, 18 November marks ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ when commemorations take place globally to remember those injured or killed in road traffic collisions. To raise awareness of the day, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) held a special event for family members of those who were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions at Smock Alley Theatre, on Tuesday, 13 November. Musician Christy Dignam performed at the event.

24,255 people have died since the recording of fatalities began in 1959 and 80,866 people have been seriously injured on Irish roads since the recording of serious injuries began in 1977 (up to 12 November 2018)*. To date in 2018 a total of 129 families, friends and communities have lost a loved one.

World Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to the impact of road crashes and the human cost involved. The day is a reminder of the effect on the family of a person killed or injured on our roads, as well as on the emergency services who face the consequences of crashes on a daily basis.

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. A full list of these events is available on www.rsa.ie.

Mr. Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said, “World Day of Remembrance 2018 which will be marked around the world this Sunday 18 November is an opportunity for us all to not only remember those who we have lost or have been injured on the roads but to focus efforts on reducing fatalities and serious injuries. Measures such as introduction of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 earlier this year will hopefully lead to lives being saved and I want to thank everyone who supported the passage of this important legislation through the Houses of the Oireachtas. I want to pay particular tribute to the many families and victims’ groups who advocate on road safety; their selfless actions in working to ensure others are spared their grief is truly heroic.”

Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority said, “This is the 12th year that we have commemorated World Day of Remembrance in Ireland to remember those lives lost on our roads. We have lost 24,255 people on the roads since we first began recording road deaths in 1959. That’s the equivalent of losing the population of the town of Kilkenny. But of course many tens of thousands have also been injured. Today, we’re here to remember them and invite everybody to do so this Sunday. These people are more than statistics, they are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, they are friends, colleagues and part of our communities. I’m conscious too of the grief that is being felt by their families, friends and work colleagues. To them we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies and a pledge that we in the RSA will continue to work tirelessly to make the roads a safer place for all.”

Assistant Commissioner, David Sheehan, National Roads Policing Unit, An Garda Síochána, said, “World Day of Remembrance is a time for each one of us to reflect on our own behaviour on the roads and how that impacts on the safety of other road users. It is a time for us to remember the 156 people that died on our roads as a result of road traffic collisions in 2017, and whilst this was the lowest number since records commenced it is still 156 people too many. I appeal to the public to act responsibly on our roads and practice good road safety habits. Habits such as ensuring we can be seen when out walking or cycling, wearing a seat-belt, putting mobile phones away while driving and are all things we should be doing each and every day. I would also remind motorists to never ever drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. No-one has the right to put other people’s safety and lives in danger thorugh their own selfish actions.”

World Day of Remembrance was first held in 1993 in the United Kingdom and organised since then by non-governmental organizations in a number of countries.

The RSA have a Facebook event page where loved ones who died or who were injured on our roads can be remembered. Activities are also taking place to mark World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims across Ireland including remembrance services and ceremonies. A list of events can be found on rsa.ie


• *Recording of road fatalities began in 1959 while recording of serious injuries on our roads began in 1977. Figures shown in the press release for fatalities are the totals since 1959 while those for serious injuries are the totals since 1977.  
• *Figures for 2016 -2018 are provisional and subject to change. This figure has been taken from the RSA collision database on the 12 November 2018.

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

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. All are welcome.

PARC Road Safety Group are holding a Special Ceremony to remember all those affected by road traffic collisions in Parnell’s GAA Club, Coolock, Kilmore, Dublin at 2pm. Link to poster of event. Everyone is welcome.

PARC's latest edition of ‘Finding Your Way’- a free information guide for families of road traffic victims will be launched by Deputy Tommy Broughan. You can download a copy of Finding Your Way from PARC's website www.parcroadsafety.ie 

For further details of the ceremony please contact:
Susan Gray - 086 3773784 /  Aisling Reid - 086 4186498 / Noel Clancy - 087 2378736

A Special Memorial Mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in Dublin at St. Michans Church, Halston Street, Dublin 7 at 12.00 noon on Sunday 18 November.

It will be attended by members of the Emergency Services.  Music will be provided by the Music Ministry Choir. Members of the public are invited to attend and bring a framed photo of their loved one to place under the Tree of Remembrance.

A candle lighting service will also take place along with a reflection and name placing of the loved one on the Tree of Remembrance.  All are welcome to attend.

We invite members of the public that have lost a loved one and would like to part take in this event to please contact Orlaith at omaguire@rsa.ie  or phone 087 9775710.

A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Galway at 2pm on Sunday the 18th 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.

A special memorial mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in St. Mary’s Cathedral, New Street, Killarney at 12pm midday.

A special memorial mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in St Marys Church Listowel Co Kerry at 9am. All are welcome to attend.

A special Memorial Mass to remember all Road Traffic Victims will take place at St. Munchin's Church, Clancy Strand, Limerick at 11.30am on Sunday November 18th 2018. As part of the celebration you are invited to bring a framed photo of your loved ones which will be placed around the alter during the ceremony. For more details please email Anne-Marie at amstacke@eircom.net.

A special memorial mass is taking place at 1.15pm in the Augustinian Church , Drogheda, Co. Louth attended by Moyagh Murdock, RSA Chief Executive. All are welcome.

A service will take place in Knock Shrine at 12 noon to remember special loved ones 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.

A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Swan club hall, Carrick-on-Suir, Co.Tipperary at 3pm. Anyone attending is invited to bring a framed photograph of their loved one with them. For more details please email Margaret at margaretpower2017@outlook.com

A special memorial Service for World Remembrance Day is taking place on November 18 in the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard Co Tipperary at 11.30 am. For more information please call Fr Iggy O’Donovan on 0877989731

A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Tower Hotel, Waterford at 2:30pm. As part of the ceremony you are invited to bring a framed photograph of your lost loved one.  Please rsvp by contacting Fiona by email fkavanagh@rsa.ie or by phone 087-6123969.

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, Helen Hassett, Vincent Hunt, Tally Flynn, the local youth orchestra, and a lone piper.

They invite you to join them and to take a small framed photo of your lost loved one with you. 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.



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