Cavalcade brings tragic dad Aidan home to his loving family
More than 200 motorcyclists provided a cavalcade guard of honour for the hearse carrying tragic charity worker Aidan Lynam home.
The stirring scene of scores of motorbikes accompanying him to Dublin was a moving tribute to the father-of-three killed in a crash during a fundraising event on Sunday.
The Dubliner was taking part in the Rev-Up for DSI (Down Syndrome Ireland) event - that he founded a decade ago - when his bike collided with a car outside Kilkee, Co Clare.
His remains were taken from Limerick General Hospital to Cunningham's funeral home in Clonsilla in Dublin.
Most of the almost 150 motorcyclists participating in the fundraising weekend were joined by dozens of other motorbike enthusiasts en route to the capital.
"It's heart-warming and very emotional that so many motorcyclists have turned out to honour Aidan and to bring him home," DSI chief Pat Clarke told the Herald.
"Aidan had started the annual fundraising event in 2005 and this weekend had been its 10th anniversary. It has raised around €1.6m for Down Syndrome Ireland since he started it. This year it raised well in excess of €100,000.
"The event will definitely go ahead next year in Aidan's honour," he said.
Sunday's horrific accident occurred on a junction on the N67 Kilrush to Kilkee road.
Mr Lynam's motorcycle collided with a car. The female driver of the car was not injured.
He was married to Nikki and the couple had three young children - Robyn, who was born with Down Syndrome, Jake and Harry.
He was DSI's fundraising coordinator but Mr Clarke told RTE Radio that Aidan was also "much more than that".
"He was a parent, a father, a husband. He had such a broad outreach to a lot of people, his passing will affect a lot of people.
"Aidan was salt of the earth, one of a kind, very witty, genuine, a genuine article," he said.
"Aidan will be sadly missed by everybody, both among his colleagues at Down Syndrome Ireland and in the broader community," Mr Clarke added.
Some of the motorcyclists who travelled to Dublin assembled for a reception afterwards to remember their friend.
Aidan was "an inspiration, the driving force that kept us all going," said one pal Peter Trevaskis.
"We'd all give a weekend here and a weekend there, but
Aidan did every event," said another friend Wayne Hopkins.
Aidan will be laid to rest after Mass at St Mary's Church, Lucan, tomorrow morning followed by burial in Esker Cemetery.