Motorbike racer (34) dies following crash at Race of South
A 34-year-old man has died following a collision at a motorcycle race in the midlands.
The deceased, who was from the North, was taking part in the event at Walderstown near Athlone, Co Westmeath, when the incident happened.
Emergency services were alerted at around 11.30am and the race was abandoned.
The casualty was taken to the Mater Hospital in Dublin by air ambulance but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Gardai have said they are carrying out an investigation into the incident and that their enquiries are ongoing.
Forensic examinations of the crash site will also be carried out to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
"At approximately 11.30am, a 34-year-old man from Northern Ireland was seriously injured when his motorcycle was involved in a crash during a race at Walderstown," a garda spokesman said.
"He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Mater Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
"The event has been abandoned and garda forensic collision investigators are examining the crash site.
"Enquires are ongoing, the coroner has been notified and a post-mortem examination will we arranged. A file will be prepared in accordance with the Coroners Act."
The event yesterday, known as Race of the South, was taking place in Athlone, and is a round of the Irish Championship Motorcycle Road Racing.
Meanwhile, a nine-year-old boy was in a serious condition last night after he was struck by a car while cycling in Co Offaly.
The collision happened at 2pm on a minor road near Heathfield, Pollagh.
He was treated at the scene and airlifted to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.
He has since been transferred to Temple Street Hospital where his condition is understood to be serious. The driver of the car was not injured.
The scene was examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and enquires are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station.