Bishop Fintan Monahan describes 73 road deaths as ‘a national tragedy’

30 Jul 2021

  • ‘Blessing of the Roads’ ceremony to take place in Our Lady’s Church, Roslevin, Doora-Barefield Parish

Bishop Fintan Monahan asks 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 continued, “Following 6.00pm Mass this Saturday, in Our Lady’s Church, Roslevin, Doora-Barefield Parish, I will lead a ‘Blessing of the Roads’ ceremony to pray for the protection of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Bishop Monahan recommends the following dedicated prayers for motorists which can be said before driving:

17th century paidir as Gaeilge
In ainm an Athar le bua,
In ainm an Mhic a d’fhulaing an phian,
In ainm an Spiorad Naoimh le neart,
Muire is a Mac linn inár dtriall. Áiméan!

A contemporary prayer in the English language
Holy Mother, hear our prayer,
Keep us in your loving care,
Whatever the perils of the way,
Let us not add to them this day.
So to our caution and attention,
We add a prayer for your protection,
To beg God’s blessing on this car,
To travel safely near and far.


  • Bishop Fintan Monahan is Bishop of Killaloe.                                                               

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