Tributes pour in for dad killed in horror charity bike smash
A DUBLIN dad-of-three who founded a charity motorcycle fundraiser for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) tragically died while participating in the event.
Aidan Lynam (44), from Lucan, died after the bike he was travelling on collided with a car just outside Kilkee in Co Clare.
He had been taking part in the annual 'Rev-Up for DSI' event which he founded a decade ago after one of his children was born with Down Syndrome.
Mr Lynam - in his early 40s - was last night described as a "phenomenal father, colleague and advocate overall for people with Down Syndrome", by the charity's chief executive Pat Clarke.
The tragic accident happened on the Kilrush to Kilkee road shortly before noon yesterday.
A collision occurred between Mr Lynam's motorcycle and a car being driven by a female motorist who was not injured.
Mr Lynam was airlifted to the University Hospital in Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.
The stretch of road where the collision took place was sealed off as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators carried out an examination of the scene.
Mr Lynam worked as the fundraising co-ordinator with DSI. He was married to Nikki and the couple had three young children together.
Mr Lynam also worked as a motorcycling journalist. He founded 'Rev-Up for DSI' in 2005 after his daughter was born with Down Syndrome.
It is operated as a "mystery tour", and only the organisers know the base and route.
There were 150 motorcyclists participating in this Bank Holiday weekend's event, which was subsequently cancelled after the accident.
DSI last night said that Aidan and his friends have helped to raise €1.6m for the organisation over the years.
"It is with inexpressible grief that we learned of the death of our dear friend and colleague," a spokesperson said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friend and colleague, his wife, their three children and all of his loved ones.
"Aidan was a much-loved and valued senior member of our team at Down Syndrome Ireland, committed to his family and his work and all of our hearts are simply broken as we struggle to come to terms with this great loss."
DSI chief executive Mr Clarke told the Herald that Mr Lynam was a "fabulous friend and colleague" who did "phenomenal work dealing with our many fundraisers".
"Aidan was a phenomenal father, colleague and advocate overall for people with Down Syndrome. I think over the next week we will actually find out how many peoples' lives Aidan has touched over the last number of years," he added.
"He was a phenomenal guy in the biking world, his tentacles went out to so many people.
"Aidan like all of us, including myself, had a daughter with Down Syndrome.
"In an effort to improve services for clients, that he came up with the idea of fundraising the Rev-Up for DSI.
"The event, which was the 10th anniversary of Rev-Up for DSI was Aidan's brainchild," he said.
Comedian PJ Gallagher also paid tribute to his late friend on social media last night, saying: "This guy only ever called me to help other people. I'm gonna miss you buddy."
Meanwhile, the death toll on Irish roads continued to rise with the death today of a pedestrian who was struck by a car in County Cork.
A 33-year-old man was struck by the vehicle on the main N25 road on the Cork side of Castlemartyr village at 5.15 a.m. this morning. The driver of the car was uninjured.