'One of a kind' father of three Aidan Lynam killed in fundraising event crash escorted home by fellow motorcyclists
Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30
A 'one-of-a-kind' father of three who was tragically killed while participating in a charity event was escorted home to Dublin this afternoon by his fellow fundraising motorcyclists.
Aidan Lynam died after the motorcycle he was travelling on collided with a car just outside Kilkee in Co Clare yesterday shortly before noon.
The Dubliner was participating in the annual 'Rev-Up4DSI' event, which he founded 10 years ago to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).
The accident occurred on the Kilrush to Kilkee road and the Irish Coast Guard was contacted by a member of the public who came across the scene. The local unit attended the crash site and Mr Lynam was airlifted to the University Hospital in Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.
Mr Lynam, who was 44 and lived in Lucan, worked as the fundraising co-ordinator with DSI. He was married to Nikki and the couple had three young children together, Robyn, Jake and Harry.
CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland Pat Clarke described Mr Lynam today as 'one of a kind... salt of the earth'.
"Aidan had been working with us for the last ten years, he helped raise in excess of €1m throughout the last decade," he told RTE Radio One's News at One.
"But Aidan was much more than that, he was a parent, a father, a husband.
"He had such a broad outreach to a lot of people, his passing will affect a lot of people.
"Aidan was salt of the earth, one of a kind, very witty, genuine, a genuine article," he continued.
"He was very good to work with, he spoke his mind and was forthright in his opinions. He always spoke his mind, he was very forthright in assisting me and my colleagues with all the different issues we had to deal with, in terms of medical cards, resource teaching hours...
"Aidan will be sadly missed by everybody, both among his colleagues at Down Syndrome Ireland and in the broader community," Mr Clarke added.
The remains of Mr Lynam will be escorted home this afternoon by up to 150 of his fellow motorcyclists who took part in the weekend's event.
He will repose at Cunningham's Funeral Home in Lucan on Tuesday afternoon before his funeral on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at St Mary's Church in Lucan. He will be laid to rest in Esker Cemetery. His family have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Downs Syndrome Ireland.
There were 150 motorcyclists participating in the bank holiday weekend event, which was subsequently cancelled after the crash.
The group participating in the fundraising event last night ate a meal together in the hotel where they were staying in Co Clare and were "celebrating Aidan's life". Mr Clarke said the mood was "very sombre" but that everyone had vowed to continue the event in the future.
Mr Lynam also worked as a motorcycling journalist. In 2011, the devoted father featured in this paper as he talked about his daughter Robyn, who was born with Down Syndrome in 2005.
He founded the 'Rev-Up4DSI' event that year, and it has been very popular with motorcycling enthusiasts. It is operated as a "mystery tour", and only the organisers know the base and route for the weekend.
Yesterday's horrific accident occurred on a junction on the N67 Kilrush to Kilkee road.
Mr Lynam's motorcycle collided with a car. The female driver of the car was not injured. Gardaí last night said the stretch of road where the accident occurred was closed off as forensic investigators carried out an examination of the scene.
Two units from the local fire brigade and ambulances from Kilrush and Ennis also attended the scene.
Comedian PJ Gallagher also paid tribute to his late friend on social media last night.
"This guy only ever called me to help other people. I'm gonna miss you buddy. Wish there was more like you," he wrote alongside a picture of the pair.
"A life spent trying to improve the lives of everyone he met and most of all a biker."