Moving tribute to Aidan Lynam as Down Syndrome Ireland colleagues and motorcyclists mark his final journey
The Dublin dad killed on Sunday in a motorcycle crash during a charity fundraiser he had helped organise was today remembered as a champion who revelled in challenges and accepted them with courage.
Aidan Lynam (44) lived in Lucan and worked as the fundraising co-ordinator with Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).
He was married to wife Nikki and the couple had three young children together, Robyn, Jake and Harry.
Aidan's coffin was this morning escorted by dozens of motorcycles to St Mary's Church in Lucan for his funeral, the same church where he married Nicky in 2010.
On top of his coffin a photograph of the father, husband, son, brother, friend and fundraiser smiled out at the mourners.
Cmdnt Louise Conlon represented President Michael D Higgins, and pupils and staff from Scoil Mhuire and Lucan Community College were also present as well as representatives from DSI and many other charities.
During his homily Fr Thomas Kennedy said Aidan will be remembered as a forthright man who revelled in challenges and accepted them with courage.
He said Aidan was a man who was involved in advocacy.
"Advocacy needs champions, and Aidan rose to the challenges presented to him," Fr Kennedy added.
"He reminded us of the importance of life".
The father of three was tragically killed on Sunday while he was participating in the annual 'Rev-Up4DSI' charity motorcycle event he had helped organise to raise funds for Downs Syndrome Ireland (DSI).
Aidan had set up the charity event ten years ago and helped raise more than E1.6m in funds for Down Syndrome.
He died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car just outside Kilkee in Co Clare.
This morning, a guard of honour and convoy of motorcyclists marked the final route for Aidan.
A convoy of motorcyclists accompanied the father-of-three's hearse to St Mary's Church.
Along the route, other bikers laid their helmets on the ground and stood in solemn reflection as the hearse passed by.
Other charity volunteers were also present marking the route to the church.
The congregation were led by Aidan's wife Nikki, sons Jake and Harry, and daughter Robyn.
He will be laid to rest in nearby Esker Cemetery.
Aidan, from Lucan in Dublin, died when his motorbike collided with a car while he was taking part in a charity fundraising motorcycle ride for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) outside Kilkee, Co Clare, on Sunday.
The father-of-three was one of the founders of the 'Rev-Up4DSI' event, which has raised more than €1.6m for DSI over the last decade, and on Monday, his fellow bikers paid tribute to their friend.Read more here: Fellow charity bikers accompany tragic 'one of a kind' dad on final trip home
Peter Trevaskis, a friend of Mr Lynam, and a member of the 'Dead Ducks' motorcycle group which regularly raises funds for DSI, described him as "an inspiration" and "the driving force that kept us all going".
"The best thing about Aidan Lynam was that he made all of us feel like we are better people than we are, and that's the reality of it. He brought out the best in all of us," Mr Trevaskis said last night.
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He was speaking at a reception in Dublin for the motorcyclists who had accompanied Mr Lynam on his final journey home on the Bank Holiday Monday.
Some 200 motorcyclists travelled alongside Mr Lynam's hearse for his final journey back to his Dublin home.
Also at the reception was Wayne Hopkins, who was part of the cortège and is also member of the 'Dead Ducks' club.
"We'd all give a weekend here and a weekend there, but Aidan did every event. He spread himself across, it didn't matter who it was for. Once it was for charity, he was in. He was a willing participant and ready to help in anyway he could," he said.
Michael McCormick, a former CEO of DSI, co-founded the charity motorcycle event with Mr Lynam. He met the devoted father shortly after the birth of Mr Lynam's daughter Robyn, who has born with Down Syndrome in 2005.
"I had an idea and helped, but he was the man who just put life and spirit into it," said Mr McCormick.
"He never, ever stopped working for the betterment of people with intellectual disabilities and Down Syndrome.
"He was an ordinary man who did exceptional things and had an exceptional talent. He cast a long shadow and he touched an awful lot of people," he added.
Mr Lynam is survived by his wife Nikki and their three young children, Robyn, Jake and Harry.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday and his family have requested that donations should be made to Down Syndrome Ireland in lieu of flowers.