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Community bless their roads at Easter

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COMMUNITY BLESSING Fr John Kenny, PP, Partry/Tourmakeady, blessed the road outside St Mary’s Church in Partry on Easter Sunday morning. Pic: Michael Donnelly

On Easter Sunday, clerics in Co Mayo  blessed the county’s roads in a novel ceremony aimed at creating road safety awareness, in a bid to reduce the number of people who die in traffic accidents each year.
A special ‘Blessing of the Roads Ceremony’ took place in most parishes and services throughout the county as religious leaders back the campaign to make the roads safer.
The idea was promoted by the Road Safety Office of Mayo County Council and supported by the emergency services. Some priests performed the blessing from the road side while others will do it from the altar.
“The Blessing of the Roads Ceremony takes places in parts of Australia each year to raise local awareness of road safety, and we brought it again to Mayo this year to make the roads of of our county safer to use,” said Mr Gibbons, who added that communities were making 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.
Tuam archdiocese spokesperson diocesan secretary Fr Francis Mitchell said: “The trauma of road crashes to families and communities is devastating. A major focus of this campaign is to promote the issue of driver fatigue, drink-driving and speeding, as well as praying for the safety of not only all road users, but our Gardaí and emergency services.”

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