Bank exec was killed 'doing what she loved'
Published 03/09/2011 | 05:00
A SENIOR Irish banking executive who died in a motorcycle crash in Mexico was killed "doing what she loved".
Ruth Brennan (45) had been asked by friends to give up her hobby but had persisted through her sense of adventure.
Her family told the Irish Independent that she had "a passion for motorcycles" and "no one was going to stop her".
The IT manager was fatally injured when she lost control while riding with her biker club near Guadalajara in west Mexico last Saturday, August 27.
"It doesn't comfort us much but she died doing something she loved," Ms Brennan's brother Paul said yesterday.
He explained that ever since she was a teenager Ruth had been fascinated by motorcycles.
"Our mother tells the story that when she lived at home here at 17 years of age that she was forbidden to get on a bike or even own a motorbike helmet, because her mother wasn't going to let her do that.
"But when she went to London and was free from our mother's clutches she immediately had the opportunity to express that part of herself."
Ms Brennan, from Threemilewater, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, studied mathematics at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the UK.
She had been working for HSBC for more than 20 years in various locations including London and Hong Kong before moving to Mexico to head up the company's IT operations.
"Her boss in HSBC in Mexico wasn't happy with her riding the bike and did try to prevent her from doing so but someone of Ruth's character pursued what she enjoyed in life and that was what she wanted to do and no one was going to stop her," Mr Brennan said.
Ms Brennan's sister Claire said that she was very aware of the dangers of her sport.
"Ruth was an experienced motorbike rider and it was a very tragic accident. She had a great sense of life and a great sense of adventure," she said.
HSBC colleagues have sent countless tributes to the Brennan family. "What comes through time and time again is the support that she gave to people across the organisation," Mr Brennan said.
Ms Brennan, who was single, is survived by her parents Ed and Fran, and siblings Claire, Jean, Paul, Kieran and Ian.
Her remains will repose at her parent's home at Threemilewater, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow from noon tomorrow before removal to the Church of The Most Holy Redeemer, Bray on Monday, with Mass at 1.30pm followed by burial in Threemilewater cemetery.