Fellow charity bikers accompany tragic 'one of a kind' dad on final trip home
It was a sombre but fitting homecoming for devoted father, motorcycle enthusiast and charity fundraiser Aidan Lynam who tragically lost his life in a crash at the weekend.
Trailed by more than 200 motorcyclists, the hearse carrying the remains of Mr Lynam travelled from Limerick and arrived in his hometown of Dublin yesterday evening.
Mr Lynam, a married father-of-three from Lucan, died when his motorbike collided with a car while he was taking part in a charity fundraising motorcycle ride for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) outside Kilkee, Co Clare, on Sunday.
The 44-year-old was one of the founders of the 'Rev-Up4DSI' event, which has raised more than €1.6m for DSI over the last decade, and yesterday his fellow bikers paid tribute to their friend.
Peter Trevaskis, a friend of Mr Lynam, and a member of the 'Dead Ducks' motorcycle group which regularly raises funds for DSI, described him as "an inspiration" and "the driving force that kept us all going".
"The best thing about Aidan Lynam was that he made all of us feel like we are better people than we are, and that's the reality of it. He brought out the best in all of us," Mr Trevaskis said last night.
He was speaking at a reception in Dublin for the motorcyclists who had accompanied Mr Lynam on his final journey home.
Also at the reception was Wayne Hopkins, who was part of the cortège and is also member of the 'Dead Ducks' club.
"We'd all give a weekend here and a weekend there, but Aidan did every event. He spread himself across, it didn't matter who it was for. Once it was for charity, he was in. He was a willing participant and ready to help in anyway he could," he said.
Michael McCormick, a former CEO of DSI, co-founded the charity motorcycle event with Mr Lynam. He met the devoted father shortly after the birth of Mr Lynam's daughter Robyn, who has born with Down Syndrome in 2005.
"I had an idea and helped, but he was the man who just put life and spirit into it," said Mr McCormick.
"He never, ever stopped working for the betterment of people with intellectual disabilities and Down Syndrome.
"He was an ordinary man who did exceptional things and had an exceptional talent. He cast a long shadow and he touched an awful lot of people," he added.
Mr Lynam is survived by his wife Nikki and their three young children, Robyn, Jake and Harry.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday and his family have requested that donations should be made to Down Syndrome Ireland in lieu of flowers.