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Monday 5 December 2016

'Stephen was the best and would do anything for anyone', says brother of crash biker

Stephen Hyland was killed in a crash
Stephen Hyland was killed in a crash

Heartbroken family and friends of a tragic motorcyclist killed in a crash have described him as "a person who brought everyone together".

Stephen Hyland (24) died after his motorbike collided with another while turning a corner at Huntstown Avenue, Blanchardstown, on Saturday night.

Incident

Despite desperate attempts by friends, who had been riding with him, to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at Connolly Hospital shortly after the incident, which took place at 6.50pm.

Stephen, from Clonee, Co Meath, had only moved into a new home in Blanchardstown and settled into a new job a matter of months ago. He was due to go on holiday to Amsterdam with pals in a fortnight.

His older brother, Brian (27) told the Herald his family are struggling to come to terms with his death.

"I am still trying to wrap my head around it but trying to understand what is happening is mind-boggling," Brian said.

"He has come off his bike before, but never this bad.

"Stephen was just the best, he would do anything for anybody."

Stephen was godfather to Brian's daughter, Lily, who he adored.

"He was my baby brother, we were closest in age in the family," Brian said. "I still haven't told Lily yet that he is gone, I don't know how to break it to her.

"I can speak on behalf of my whole family, we are all going to miss him so much.

"He was the baby of the family, so you would give out to him on one hand but on the other you would say 'ah he's the baby'."

Friend

All of Stephen's closest pals gathered together at Brian's home in Blakestown last night, with Jonathan Hughes saying he was always there for everyone.

"He would make you feel at home, I probably slept in his house more than my own," he said.

"He would drop everything for you. If you had a problem, he would be over straight away - he would say five minutes, it would be an hour, but he would be there."

Close friend Maria Giurgila said he was the glue that kept the group of friends together.

"I honestly don't think we would all be as close as we are and went to all those places together if Stephen wasn't saying 'we will go here, we will do that' - we wouldn't leave Clonee," Maria said.

What they will miss the most is his midnight dancing in the kitchen with headphones on.

He was also always the one in control of the radio in anyone's car. "Sometimes he had the worst taste in music," Brian said.

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