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.