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Veteran cyclist Dermot dies following accident


Dermot McGrath

Dermot McGrath

Dermot McGrath


Bray Wheelers cyclist Dermot McGrath has died after an accident while cycling over an oil spill at Slaughter Hill.

Dermot was aged 75 and a member of the Irish Veteran Cyclists Association.

He was a former stage winner and yellow jersey in the prestigious Rás.

Dermot, of Cabinteely, is survived by his wife Emily, children Orlaith, Aidan, Barbara and Eoin, grandchildren Sarah Emma, and Anna and many relatives and friends.

His funeral took place on Monday at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Killiney, before burial at Shanganagh Cemetery.

Dermot was out on a training spin with three friends on Tuesday, November 4.

They had stopped for coffee in Roundwood and it was on the return journey when the accident occurred.

They were descending the hill between Newtownmountkennedy and Roundwood when they hit the oil.

He received head injuries when he came off his bicycle.

Dermot was taken to St Vincent's hospital from the scene of the accident and he lost his life later in hospital with his family around him.

'I'll never forget him,' said Dermot's Bray Wheelers colleague and friend Tony McWilliams.

Tony was one of a small group, including Dermot, who went out together for regular spins however he missed that particular day.

'He was such a legend of a man,' said Tony, adding that a large crowd of people came to pay their final respects at the funeral.

He explained that Dermot had been a carer for his wife who is in poor health.

'He was so gentle, kind and wise. And a lovely man to talk to both on the bike and over coffee.'

He was riding for a County Down team when he won a stage in the Rás in the 1960s at just 23 years of age.

He was a technician in RTE at that time and eventually became head of staff development before his retirement.

'All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends at this sad time,' said Bray Wheelers Chairman John Spain in a statement.