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Motorsports photographer 'was best in the business'

Clockwise from main: Gardai at the scene of the fatal crash during stage one of the County Cavan motor club rally yesterday; the stretch of road where the rally car lost control and two people were killed; a map of the crash scene; tragic sports photographer Joe Lane (in blue) with rally driver Colin McRae; Caroline Cleary who also lost her life yesterday, with her partner Sean Hayde. Mark CondrenFATHER-OF-TWO Joe Lane was one of the most respected motorsports photographers in the country.

The 50-year-old from Kilcogan, Co Galway, had been pursuing his passion for more than 30 years and tragically died doing what he loved best.

Yesterday, tributes poured in for the Galway photographer described as "the nicest man you could possibly meet".

A freelance photographer who specialised in sports photography, Mr Lane's son Graham is also a motorsports cameraman with On The Limit Sports.

A close friend of Mr Lane, Ultan Buckley told the Irish Independent: "Joe was an absolute gent. He was highly respected and very well known in the motorsports world. He was one of the best in the business. He is a huge loss.

"We are all in complete shock at the news. I had just been making arrangements for him to come and photograph the Galway rally in August. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time," he added.

Michael Chester, president of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland, said Mr Lane "embodied the spirit of motor racing".

Mr Lane is survived by his wife Martina and his daughter Shona.

Irish Independent