Tributes for 'phenomenal' father tragically killed in charity fundraiser

Sad: Aidan Lynam
Sad: Aidan Lynam

A father of three who was tragically killed while he was participating in a charity motorcycle fundraising event has been described as a "phenomenal" person.

Aidan Lynam died after the motorcycle he was travelling on collided with a car just outside Kilkee in Co Clare yesterday shortly before noon.

The Dubliner was participating in the annual 'Rev-Up4DSI' event, which he founded 10 years ago to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).

The accident occurred on the Kilrush to Kilkee road and the Irish Coast Guard was contacted by a member of the public who came across the scene. The local unit attended the crash site and Mr Lynam was airlifted to the University Hospital in Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.

Mr Lynam, who was 44 and lived in Lucan, worked as the fundraising co-ordinator with DSI. He was married to Nikki and the couple had three young children together, Robyn, Jake and Harry.

There were 150 motorcyclists participating in the bank holiday weekend event, which was subsequently cancelled after the crash.

DSI last night said that Aidan and his friends had helped to raise €1.6m for the organisation through a number of events over the last decade.

"It is with inexpressible grief that we learned of the death of our dear friend and colleague Aidan Lynam," a spokesperson for the organisation said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friend and colleague, his wife, their three children and all 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."

Pat Clarke, the CEO of DSI, told the Irish Independent that the deceased 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 people's lives that Aidan has touched over the last number of years," Mr Clarke said.

"He was a phenomenal guy in the biking world, his tentacles went out to so many people."

The group participating in the fundraising event last night ate a meal together in the hotel where they were staying in Co Clare and were "celebrating Aidan's life". Mr Clarke said the mood was "very sombre" but that everyone had vowed to continue the event in the future.

Mr Lynam also worked as a motorcycling journalist. In 2011, the devoted father featured in this paper as he talked about his daughter Robyn, who was born with Down Syndrome in 2005.

He founded the 'Rev-Up4DSI' event that year, and it has been very popular with motorcycling enthusiasts. It is operated as a "mystery tour", and only the organisers know the base and route for the weekend.

Yesterday's horrific accident occurred on a junction on the N67 Kilrush to Kilkee road.

Mr Lynam's motorcycle collided with a car. The female driver of the car was not injured. Gardaí last night said the stretch of road where the accident occurred was closed off as forensic investigators carried out an examination of the scene.

Two units from the local fire brigade and ambulances from Kilrush and Ennis also attended the scene.

Comedian PJ Gallagher also paid tribute to his late friend on social media last night.

"This guy only ever called me to help other people. I'm gonna miss you buddy. Wish there was more like you," he wrote alongside a picture of the pair.

"A life spent trying to improve the lives of everyone he met and most of all a biker."

Irish Independent