Sunday 4 December 2016

Final road trip for 'champion' father Aidan

Published 07/05/2015 | 02:30

Colleagues from Down Syndrome Ireland and motorcyclists line the streets in Lucan, Co Dublin, as the remains of Aidan Lynam were brought to the church
Colleagues from Down Syndrome Ireland and motorcyclists line the streets in Lucan, Co Dublin, as the remains of Aidan Lynam were brought to the church

The devoted father who tragically died in a motorbike crash while taking part in a charity event was remembered as a champion who revelled in challenges.

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A group of more than 20 motorcyclists accompanied the hearse carrying Aidan Lynam's body on the sad journey to St Mary's Church, Lucan.

Other bikers laid helmets on the ground and lined the route to the church entrance as other mourners, including comedian PJ Gallagher, looked on.

Aidan (44) lived in Lucan and worked as the fundraising co-ordinator with Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).

He died on Sunday during this year's 'Rev Up for DSI' event that has raised €1.6m for the charity since he founded it in 2005, the year his daughter was born with Down Syndrome.

He was married to his wife Nikki in the same church that yesterday's funeral took place. The couple had two other children.

On top of his coffin, a photo of the father, husband, son, brother, friend and fundraiser smiled out at the mourners.

His friend Alan McCaffrey said Aidan's priority when they were away on biking trips was to ring home and check in on his "wee tribe".

After the funeral mass, Aidan's biking friends gave him a high octane send-off outside the church with revving engines and applause before they escorted him to Esker cemetery.

Irish Independent

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