Friday 23 February 2018

Biker festival hit by tragedy as woman killed

The scene at Pike Hill, Killarney, on the main Killarney to Cork road on Saturday evening
The scene at Pike Hill, Killarney, on the main Killarney to Cork road on Saturday evening
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

AN annual biker festival was marred by tragedy following the death of one of its participants in a road accident – the second motorcyclist to die on the roads this weekend.

The woman, who was in her 50s and originally from the UK but living in the Dunmanway area in Co Cork, died when her Harley-Davidson left the road at Pike Hill about 2km outside Killarney.

The accident happened at around 4.50pm on Saturday afternoon.

She had been attending the Ireland Bike Fest in the town with her partner, who was ahead of her on another motorbike, when the accident occurred.

There were about 30,000 motorbike enthusiasts from all over the country and abroad in the town for the event.

Gardai haven't released her name until family members in the UK have been notified.

It was the second road tragedy in the area in a 24-hour period.

John Riordan (32) from Listry, Faha, near Killarney, died on Saturday morning of injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle car crash at Lahard near Beaufort the previous night when he lost control of his Toyota Hilux Bigo 4x4 which hit a tree.

Mr Riordan was taken to Kerry General Hospital where he later died.

It was the second tragedy to hit the family in recent times. His father, Timmy, died in a workplace accident in March 2012 that occurred on a farm.

Meanwhile in Co Kildare, funeral arrangements are being finalised for two people who were killed in a collision between a car and a motorbike on Friday night.

John Doyle (29) of Kilberry, Athy, Co Kildare, died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car at Ballycullane on a new link road between Athy and Ballytore.

Elizabeth (Betty) O'Brien, from Castledermot, Co Kildare, who was a passenger in the car, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Her husband was taken to Naas General Hospital suffering from serious injuries sustained in the crash.

Meanwhile, gardai are continuing to carry out speed checks on the roads as part of its national campaign, Operation Slowdown.

Between Friday and Saturday night of the bank holiday weekend the speed of 53,469 vehicles was checked and 321 drivers were detected to be in excess of the speed limit.

Irish Independent

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