IN­CREASE IN LOUTH ROAD DEATHS

WORLD DAY OF RE­MEM­BRANCE FOR ROAD TRAF­FIC VIC­TIMS ON SUN­DAY 19TH

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

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.

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