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2019 News


12 November 2019

World Day of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims to be marked globally, Sunday 17 November

24,390 people killed on Irish roads since records began, the equivalent of the town of Carlow

Sunday, 17 November marks ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ a day when commemorations take place globally to remember those injured or killed in road traffic collisions.

To remind people of the annual event and raise awareness of the services taking place nationwide, 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, 12 November.

The event featured special performance by Fr Liam Lawton, award-winning multi-platinum singer-songwriter.

24,390 people have died in fatal crashes in Ireland since the recording of fatalities began in 1959. This is equivalent to losing the population of the town of Carlow. Over 80,000 people have been seriously injured on Irish roads since the recording of serious injuries began in 1977 (up to 12 November 2019)*. To date in 2019 a total of 125 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. The RSA will be joining forces with An Garda Síochána, Local Authorities, Emergency Services and victim support groups at services which will be held across the country to remember those who have died on Irish roads. A full list of these events is available on

Mr. Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, said: “Since 1959, over 24,000 people have died on our roads in tragic circumstances. This is equivalent to the population of Carlow town. World Day of Remembrance allows every shattered family and community to remember those who have been killed or injured on our roads and reminds us of the people left behind. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, so let’s work together to make our roads as safe as possible and be mindful of all people using the road.”

Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority said, “This is the 13th year that we have remembered those who have died in fatal collisions, their families and those injured. We’re here today to invite everybody this Sunday, to remember these people and to take time out to reflect on your own behaviour when using the road. World day of remembrance is also a poignant way to remind ourselves that behind the statistics are real people. They were somebody’s father, brother, son, mother, sister or daughter. There are events taking place around the country to mark the day so I would urge people to go along if you can. If you can’t please make a pledge to take greater care on the road, out of respect for the victims and their families.”

Assistant Commissioner, David Sheahan, National Roads Policing Unit, An Garda Síochána said: “We are committed to working with the RSA, road safety groups and individuals nationwide to ensure that fewer families have to suffer the grief of losing a loved one. World Day of Remembrance gives us an opportunity to remind people of just how vulnerable we are when using the road. As the evenings get darker and the festive season approaches we remind road users to be vigiliant and ensure you are wearing hi-visibility items and can be seen when out walking or cycling. Wearing a seat-belt, putting mobile phones away while driving are things we should be doing each and every day.”

The United Nations designated the third Sunday in November as World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims. It is now recognised across the world and this year marks the 13th year it has been held in Ireland.

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


• *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 -2019 are provisional and subject to change. This figure has been taken from the RSA collision database on the 12 November 2019.

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.

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 17 November.

It will be attended by members of the Emergency Services. 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.  Refreshments and a get together will take place after mass in the Macro Community Centre, 1 Green Street

A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Galway at 2pm on Sunday 17 November. As part of the ceremony you are invited to bring a framed photograph of your lost loved one.  Please rsvp by contacting Louise by email [email protected]  or by phone 087- 6274779.

A special memorial mass for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is taking place in St. Mary’s Cathedral, New Street, Killarney Co. Kerry at 12pm midday on Sunday 17 November 2019.

A special memorial mass for World Day of Remembrance is taking place in St Mary's 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 17 November 2019. As part of the ceremony 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 Stacke at [email protected]

A special memorial mass is taking place at 1.15pm in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, Co. Louth. All are welcome.

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.

A special memorial Service for World Remembrance Day is taking place on Sunday 17 November in the Augustinian Abbey, Fethard Co Tipperary at 11.30 am. For more information please call Fr Iggy O Donovan on 087 7989731

A special commemoration to remember all road traffic victims will take place in the Granville Hotel, Waterford at 2:30pm on Sunday 17 November. 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 [email protected] 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.

During the ceremony white doves 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 small 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  

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 protected] Should you require any further information, please contact Donna Price on 0868634194. Please see a poster for the event here.



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