Thursday 27 October 2016

Goodbye dad: Moving tribute to Aidan Lynam as motorcyclists mark his final journey

The funeral of leading Down Syndrome Ireland fundraiser Aidan Lynam in Dublin
The Remains of Aidan Lynam arrive in Lucan this Morning
The Remains of Aidan Lynam arrive in Lucan this Morning
The Remains of Aidan Lynam arrive in Lucan this Morning
A convoy of motorbikes arrive ahead of the hearse at St Marys Church in Lucan for the funeral of Aiden Lynam, co-founder of Rev-Up4DSI. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/5/2015
A motorbike drives in front of the hearse to St Marys Church in Lucan for the funeral of Aiden Lynam, co-founder of Rev-Up4DSI. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/5/2015
Father-of-three Aidan Lynam, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Co Clare yesterday, while taking part in the annual ‘Rev-Up4DSI’ event, which he founded 10 years ago to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland

THE HERO Dublin dad who tragically died in a motorbike crash while taking part in a charity event he founded was today remembered as a champion who revelled in challenges.

A group of more than 20 motorcyclists accompanied the hearse carrying Aidan Lynam’s body on the sad journey to St Mary’s Church, Lucan.

Poignantly a beautiful photograph of the dad was placed beside the coffin inside the vehicle’s window.

Other bikers laid helmets on the ground and lined the route to the church entrance as other mourners, including comedian PJ Gallagher, looked on.

Aidan (44) lived in Lucan and worked as the fundraising co-ordinator with Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).

He died on Sunday during this year’s ‘Rev Up for DSI’ event that’s raised €1.6m for the charity since he founded it in 2005, the year his daughter was born with Down Syndrome.

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He was married to his wife Nikki and the couple had two other children.

His funeral took place this morning in the same church where he married Nikki in 2010.

On top of his coffin a photo of the father, husband, son, brother, friend and fundraiser smiled out at the mourners.

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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.”

In his tribute to Aidan, DSI boss Pat Clarke praised him as a man who was much loved and valued but could also be “a pain in the rear”.

“We had many arguments and discussions and usually I was struggling to get a word in edgeways, but the infuriating thing was he was almost always right,” he said.

“He was a hard man to say no to. He was focussed, dedicated, driven and an inspiration to us all,” he added.

Aidan died after the motorcycle he was riding during the ‘Rev Up for DSI’ event collided with a car just outside Kilkee in Co Clare.

The horrific accident occurred on a junction on the N67 Kilrush to Kilkee road in Co Clare. The female driver of the car was not injured.

Earlier this week, Mr Clarke spoke of Aidan’s dedication to the charity.

“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,” Mr Clarke said.

More than 200 motorcyclists provided a cavalcade guard of honour on the trip from Limerick Hospital to Dublin on Monday, a sign of the respect Aidan had in the tight-knit community of bike enthusiasts.

His close friend Wayne Hopkins gave an emotional tribute to his pal.

“It will take ten men to replace him. How he spread himself across so many people and helped so many people and still spend time with his family and kids, and raise money for DSI is something that is beyond me ,” said Wayne.

“When I sat down with his son Harry to write this I asked him how he would describe his dad, and he summed it up in one short sentence, he said ‘he was very cool’, and he was. He was the coolest man I know,” he added.

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