INCREASE IN LOUTH ROAD DEATHS
WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS ON SUNDAY 19TH
WORLD Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be marked in Louth next Sunday with a special mass in memory of the Louth victims of road tragedies.
The event, which is held every year in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, will be more poignant than ever, following the loss of three young men on north Louth roads over the last month.
The deaths of Fintan Goss, from Ballymakellet, Robert McLoughlin, from the Newry Road, and Brian Hearty, Silverbridge, Co. Armagh, who died in an accident at Rathore, Kilkerley just two weeks ago, struck a chord not only in the local community, but across Louth.
They will be remembered at the special mass organised by Michael O’Neill from Monasterboice whose daughter Fiona (21) and boyfriend Dominic Wogan (23) were killed in a tragic road crash in November 2001, just hours before they were due to leave for Australia on the trip of a lifetime.
It will also be an opportunity to thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families and communities.
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 County 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.’
He added that road traffic injuries leave behind shattered families and communities. ‘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.’
;We all know someone whose lives have been deeply affected by the loss of a friend, colleague, neighbour or member of the community.’
The special memorial mass will take place in the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, at 1:15pm on Sunday 19th November to remember those who have been affected by road traffic accidents.
The mass provides an opportunity to remember a parent, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend who have lost their lives as the result of a road traffic collision. All are welcome to attend.