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Live To Play Event An Overwhelming Success

posted May 28, 2011, 4:11 PM by Saval Gac

A very successful Live to Play Road Safety event took place in Saval GAC on Thursday 26 May. A large crowd was welcomed by club official and DOE Road Safety Education Officer Anthony Crozier. In attendance were Aileen Tohill Community, Health & Wellbeing Manager Ulster GAA, Superintendent Muir Clark of the PSNI's Road Policing, Lorna Dougan DOE Road Safety Education Officer and Down footballer Daniel Hughes.


A powerful hard hitting presentation was delivered by Constable John Wilson Education/Accident Prevention Officer for Road Policing.

Local mum of two Maria Clarke told her story of how she was left disabled following a car crash when she was 19. Maria stressed to the audience the importance of slowing down on our roads.

Following the indoor presentation the crowd moved out doors to view a live demonstration by the Road Rescue Team of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). A live commentary was provided on the demonstration, where local teenagers Nial Madine and Colleen Lennon acted as casualties and were cut out of the car. 

Live To Play is a Road Safety initiative promoted by Ulster GAA in conjunction with Clubs and County Boards. It aims to raise awareness and to educate members on how best to stay safe on the roads. The education is aimed at young drivers (aged 16 -24) but is applicable for all adult road users.


The full impact of Live to Play may never be known but if even one life is saved by the campaign it will truly be worth it.



Saval GAC wish to thank all involved in the event with special mention of the following:

·         Executive Committee for their support

·         Seamus McManus, Michael McConville, Ned, Anne, Colleen and Leah Clare Lennon for their work behind the scenes.

·         Official Club Photographer Kieran Madine

·         Declan Kearney – provision of car for demonstration

·         Garry Sands – provision of the motorway traffic cones

·         Roisin Rice, Nial Madine and Colleen Lennon for their participation.

·         Ryan Rice – the only one in the audience to spot the dancing bear in the reaction test.

·         Mary Crozier, Clare Cull and Theresa Fearon who looked after the catering

·         Last but not least all those who turned up on the night and supported the event.