Tributes paid to Irish rally driver who died in crash in Clare

Simon McKinley RIP
Simon McKinley RIP

Tributes have been pouring in for the 34-year-old rally driver killed in a horrific crash yesterday afternoon in Co Clare.

Simon McKinley from Naul in Co Meath passed away after he was involved in a smash at around 5.30pm during the Clare Motor Club Hillclimb race.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and gardai are now investigating.

A post-mortem will take place at University Hospital Limerick this afternoon.

The popular race driver only appeared at the Mansion House in Dublin last week to promote the event, along with rally driver wife Deirdre and their baby son, and videos of his races were extremely popular on social network sites and YouTube.

Motorsport Ireland released a statement which read: “We deeply regret that competitor Simon McKinley of Naul, County Meath, has passed away

“As a mark of respect the organisers, Clare Motor Club, have cancelled the remainder of the event.

“Motorsport Ireland and Clare Motor Club extend their heartfelt sympathy to Simon’s family and friends.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”