Friday 27 April 2018

'There will be a real vacancy in our lives without him' - Tributes paid to motorcyclist who died in tragic incident

Frank Conlon has been remembered as the 'life and soul of the party'
Frank Conlon has been remembered as the 'life and soul of the party'

Kathy Armstrong

A man who tragically died in a motorcycling accident at the weekend has been fondly remembered as "one of the most genuine people you could ever meet."

The man - who has been named locally as John Francis Conlon, but was better known as Frank - was an experienced driver who lost control of his bike at a motorcycle event in Clonakilty, Cork on Sunday evening.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Frank (41) was a member of Filthy Animals Motor Cycle Club, who are going to give him a guard of honour today as he makes his final journey home to Clones, Co Monaghan.

Filthy Animals MCC member David McIntyre said that the group are devastated by Frank's death.

He told Independent.ie: "He had been a member for years, he was very experienced and he knew what he was doing.

"He was taking part in a time trial hill climb when he came off the bike, none of us know yet what happened.

"We are all in shock, I think we're still numb and trying to take it in, I just can't get my head around it."
Frank wasn't married and didn't have children.

Frank Conlon was a motorcycling enthusiast
Frank Conlon was a motorcycling enthusiast

David added that Frank will be sorely missed by his group of family and friends.

He said: "Frank was one of the most fun people imaginable, everyone called him Good Time Frank.

"He was the life and soul of every party and as well as that he was one of the most genuine people you could meet.

"He was so generous and it seemed that nothing was ever too much for him, if you came to him with a problem he would find a solution.

"Frank is going to be so missed by his family and friends, there will be a real vacancy in all of our lives without him."

Frank will be reposing at his home in Co Monaghan today and his funeral mass will take place at St Alphonsus Church in Connons at 11am tomorrow and his burial will be immediately afterwards.

Gardai said in a statement: "A man in his 40s has died while taking part in a motorcycle event in Co. Cork.

"The event was taking place on a closed road at Drombeg, Ardfield, Clonakilty. Gardaí were called to the scene at approximately 4.20pm.

"It is understood the man, who was participating in the event, sustained fatal injuries when he lost control of his motorcycle.

"He was pronounced dead at the scene. The scene is being examined by Gardaí, the local Coroner has been notified and a post-mortem examination will be arranged."

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