Clerics bless roads in novel safety effort

00.00 | 30 November 2011 | | 1 comment

Clerics in County Mayo, Ireland, blessed the county’s roads last weekend in a novel ceremony aimed at raising road safety awareness and reducing the number of people killed in road traffic collisions.

The initiative, promoted by Noel Gibbons, Mayo County Council’s road safety officer, followed Gardai concerns about rising road deaths in the west of Ireland over the past two years, contrary to the downward national trend.

A ‘Blessing of the Roads Ceremony’ took place in many parishes and services throughout the county, as religious leaders back the campaign to make roads safer.

Noel Gibbons said: “The community makes improved road safety a goal in an effort to ensure that the grief associated with loss of life, or serious injury, does not come to them.

“This is not the first year we have done the Blessing of the Roads Ceremony in County Mayo, and we have got a very enthusiastic response. However, there are still too many drivers under the impression that an accident won’t happen to them.

“We asked all religious groups to promote this campaign in a bid to raise road safety awareness.’’

For more information contact Noel Gibbons on 0877870055.


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    The Motorist’s prayer

    Lord, grant me a steady hand and watchful eye,
    that no man may be hurt when I pass by.
    Thou givest life: I pray no act of mine
    may take away, or mar, this act of Thine.
    Save those, dear Lord, who bear me company
    from shock and pain and all calamity.
    Teach me to use my car for others’ need,
    Nor miss through love of speed
    The beauty of this world; that so I may
    with joy and courtesy go on my way.

    Peter Wilson Westminster
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