Saunderson event to remember road victims

Saunderson event to remember road victims

A special event at Castle Saunderson, Belturbet on Sunday, 19 November will commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Published on: 07 Nov 2017

This is a day to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. It is also a day to thank our emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families and communities.

Over the ten-year period from January 2007 to December 2016, 2,920 people have lost their lives on the roads on the island of Ireland. A total of 2,145 of these occurred in the Republic of Ireland and 775 were in Northern Ireland. These figures don’t include the countless numbers left with life changing injuries over the same period.

This year sees special remembrance event being held at Castle Saunderson in Belturbet for all those who have been affected by road collisions in the Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Tyrone and surrounding counties. Martina Crudden from Clones is organising, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, Monaghan County Council and the representatives of the emergency services. The event will remember road traffic victims and their families as part of the Worldwide Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Martina, who tragically lost her 17 year old son Daniel in a road traffic accident in March 2011 said “This will be first of these events to take place in the border region to remember all our loved ones who were taken far too soon on our roads. It is open to anyone that wants to remember a parent, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend”. 

The idea for the event came after Martina attended a similar event organised by the Irish Road Victims’ Association.  “I got great comfort after attending the event and felt that there should be a similar event in the Cavan-Monaghan area for the many families and friends unable to travel to Mullingar whose lives have been changed forever as the result of a road traffic collision,” added Martina.

Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The grief and distress experienced by these people is all the greater because many of the victims are young and many of the crashes could and should have been prevented.

The effect on our emergency services, who deal with the consequences of crashes on a daily basis, is also profound. 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.

Everybody is welcome to gather together between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, 19 November in the picturesque surrounds of Castle Saunderson, which is situated on the Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh border just off the N54 Clones to Cavan road. There will be prayers, poems, music by ‘Tully’, special guests and light refreshments with face painting and bouncy castles for the children. For more information please e-mail Martina at

PHOTO: Martina Crudden with a picture of her son Daniel, who lost his life in a car accident in 2011.