Mass to re­mem­ber those lost on our lo­cal roads

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A SPE­CIAL me­mo­rial mass to re­mem­ber those lost in road traf­fic ac­ci­dents lo­cally will take place in the Au­gus­tinian Church, Drogheda at 1.15pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19th.

The World Day of Re­mem­brance for Road Traf­fic Vic­tims (WDR) is com­mem­o­rated in­ter­na­tion­ally on the third Sun­day of Novem­ber each year to re­mem­ber the many mil­lions killed and in­jured on the world’s roads, to­gether with their fam­i­lies, friends and many oth­ers who are also af­fected. It is also a day on which thanks is of­fered to the emer­gency ser­vices. The first one in Drogheda took place on Novem­ber 19th 2006 and was ini­ti­ated by lo­cal man Michael O’Neill and Fr Iggy O’Dono­van from the Au­gus­tinian Church.

The date is a par­tic­u­larly poignant one for Michael as it marks the an­niver­sary of the ac­ci­dent that claimed the life of Michael’s daugh­ter Fiona (21) and her boyfriend Do­minic Wo­gan (23). The pair had been due to fly out to Aus­tralia later that day when tragedy struck just a short dis­tance from Fiona’s home in Monaster­boice. The event is one which pro­vides so­lace to hun­dreds of fam­i­lies through­out the area who gather to re­mem­ber their lo­cal ones.

Com­ment­ing on road fa­tal­i­ties lo­cally, Adrian O’Sul­li­van, Road Safety Of­fi­cer for Co Louth said: ‘De­spite the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties on the coun­try’s roads show­ing a re­duc­tion na­tion­ally of al­most 20% this year com­pared to last year, this un­for­tu­nately has not been the case in Co Louth. 2017 has proven to be a bad year for road deaths in the county with 10 peo­ple hav­ing lost their lives al­ready this year. I ap­peal to all road users to be cau­tious and ex­tra vig­i­lant ev­ery time they use the roads, par­tic­u­larly as we ap­proach the win­ter months.’

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