News

Pic: Guard of honour for biker murdered last weekend

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Hundreds of bikers at the removal of Andrew O'Donoghue
Hundreds of bikers at the removal of Andrew O'Donoghue
Hundreds of bikers at the removal of Andrew O'Donoghue
Hundreds of bikers at the removal of Andrew O'Donoghue

Over 100 bikers gave one of their fellow riders who was murdered last week a guard of honour as his body was reposed.

The body of Andrew 'Odd' O'Donoghue was last night accompanied by a convoy of motorcycle riders to the the Road Tramp Motorcycle Club, Murroe, for a private wake.

The 51-year-old father was callously shot dead at close range by a man with a shotgun at the group’s clubhouse as he went to lock up a gate on Saturday. 

Mr O'Donoghue's body lay at the Road Tramp Motorcycle Club overnight as mourners paid tribute before the removal this morning. 

There was a significant garda presence in Ballyneety yesterday ahead of the reposing but there were no incidents to report, a spokesperson said. 

Local priest and friend of the motorbike enthusiast, Fr Tom Ryan, said he was deeply shocked at the shooting, saying he had led a quiet life and had a daughter, 11-year-old Ava, with his long-time partner Catherine Danaher.

He added that he was “an inoffensive man” with a “serious interest in motorbikes”.

Tributes have been pouring in to the victim on social media, with one poster saying:

“My brother Odd gunned down today by scum. Words cannot explain how gutted I am. My best mate gone.”

Another poster added: “There is one little girl this morning with no father because he was executed yesterday while going to feed clubhouse cats”, while another said: "A cold heartless act.. so sorry for your loss guys and the loss to his precious child."

Gardai are keeping an open mind on the shooting and consider it the result of a falling-out between bikers, but that Mr O’Donoghue was not known to them.