Wednesday 21 August 2019

'He lived for the bike' - tributes to cyclist who died tragically after collision during road race

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Denise Calnan and Ryan Nugent

A young cyclist who was seriously injured in a collision at the weekend has passed away.

The man has been named locally as Sean Lynch (34), a member of the Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club.

He had been cycling in a race in Wexford.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to the incident in Co Wexford on Sunday, May 5.

The incident occurred at approximately 1.40pm when he collided with a parked motorcycle on the main road from Adamstown to Carrickbyrne, Co Wexford.

Mr Lynch was taken to Wexford General Hospital with serious injuries. He was subsequently pronounced dead today.

John Nolan of Navan Road Club, where Mr Lynch had been a member for many years previous, described the news as "dreadfully sad" and paid tribute to the man from Rathfeigh, Co. Meath.

"Sean was always a character, he was great because there was always plenty going on when Sean was there," Mr Nolan said.

He spoke of how Sean pushed himself again and again to improve at cycling.

"It was an incredible effort he put in, regularly doing 12-14 weeks training. He lived for the bike, absolutely lived for it."

Drogheda Wheelers paid tribute to Mr Lynch this afternoon.

"It is with great sadness that Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club announce the untimely death of its member, Sean Lynch following a tragic accident," a statement read.

Club secretary, Gerry Campbell said he'd been with the club for about six months.

"He was very, very mad about the sport, just unbelievably committed to it. All he had in life was the sport and he quickly became a very popular member of the club."

Investigating Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision or who may have information to contact New Ross Garda Station on 051-426030, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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