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Stars to warn of quad bike dangers

SPORTS stars are to visit primary and secondary schools across Dublin city to warn them about the dangers of quad-biking after the tragic Christmas Day death of Leroy Coyle.

Gardai agreed to line up a number of well-known faces to educate schoolchildren about the dangers of quad-biking, with former Dublin GAA manager and garda Paul Caffrey being named as a possible speaker.

Other names in the ring include Dublin GAA stars Ger Brennan, Alan Brogan and Ciaran Kilkenny as well as Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll and Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor.

"We need to use our heads," said independent councillor Christy Burke.


"The kids will listen to the likes of Ger Brennan, they look up to him. We need to set up a pool of sport stars to go around to the schools," continued Mr Burke.

The initiative is to get underway at the start of the new school year in 2014.

Nineteen-year-old Leroy Coyle died on Christmas Day when a quad bike he was driving crashed into a parked car on the Ballybough Road.

Mr Coyle was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

"Quad-biking is always a major issue on Christmas morning in the North Inner City," said the highly respected local councillor.

Dublin City Council has agreed to send sympathies to the family of Mr Coyle, who lived on O'Connell Avenue in the city.

"Having these sport stars that the kids idolise go into them is a great place to start," stated Mr Burke.

"Brian O'Driscoll already does great work with the kids in Temple Street and now that he's retiring he'll have a lot more time on his hands so the council could ask him as one of their speakers, and I think Katie Taylor could go in and give the knock-out punch," added the councillor.