Priest pleas for responsibility on roads

Two victims of Ballybofey crash laid to rest

Priest pleas for responsibility on roads
Declan Magee news@donegaldemocrat @dgldemocrat

The priest who presided over the funerals of the two Ballybofey women who died in last Wednesday’s fatal road crash has made a plea for responsibility on the roads.

Stranorlar priest Fr John Joe Duffy made the plea at the funerals of 38-year-old Maria Wallis and 19-year-old Kiara Baird.

The two women died in the single-vehicle collision in Ballybofey on Wednesday afternoon.

A man in his forties survived the crash with non-life threatening injuries.

Maria and Kiara were both students of the Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) further education and training service. The ETB said supports are being put in place for staff and students.

The Church of Mary Immaculate in Stranorlar held both funerals - Maria Wallis’s on Saturday and Kiara Baird’s on Sunday.

Fr Duffy told mourners at both funerals that each and every motorist had to slow down and ask themselves are they fit to drive?

“Each and everyone of us need to ask of ourselves, should we drive? Are we fit to drive in a safe and cautious manner?”

Fr Duffy said that while laws and road safety are important, they are not enough to ensure safety on our roads.

“If we believe that these alone are enough we are fooling ourselves,” he said.

“No matter how many Garda checkpoints and speed checks there are, which are absolutely necessary, if we fail to turn to ourselves, if we fail to look inward to ourselves, if we fail to ask ourselves the very straight forward, simple but relevant questions; each and everyone of us, we will fail to solve the crisis of road deaths and the awful carnage that ripped the hearts of families and communities apart.

“We must turn inward to ourselves and ask the questions of ourselves, what is our rush? Are we fit to drive? Are we driving with due care and caution?”

Fr Duffy appealed to motorists to be slow down and be vigilant.

“So for our own sakes, for the sake of family, loved ones and friends, let us travel cautiously and with care, be vigilant and slow down.” He said that without care and consideration for and ourselves “we could well end our journey through life prematurely”.