Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe has asked all road users to take particular care over the next three days, saying, “as we look forward to the August long weekend for much deserved family and personal time, it is also important to keep alert to our own safety and to that of others.”

Bishop Monahan said, “Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a marked increase in use by pedestrians and cyclists of our public roads.  Over these sixteen months we have also gained a common understanding of the vulnerability of human life like never before.  It is commendable how we have, as a society, pulled together to share responsibility in protecting human life.”

“Long weekends are specific periods which can record serious road accidents.  The loss of 73 lives so far in 2021 is a national tragedy as well as being devastating for the families and loved ones of the deceased.  I invite parishes across the Diocese of Killaloe to pray for those who have lost their lives in tragic circumstances, and also to pray for the safety of all road users during this long weekend.”

Bishop Monahan will lead a ‘Blessing of the Roads’ ceremony to pray for the protection of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians following 6.00pm Mass on  Saturday31 July, in Our Lady’s Church, Roslevin, Doora-Barefield Parish.

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