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Ride free Tributes paid to tragic Kildare biker whose smile 'lit up the lives of so many others'

Mr Connolly was a member of Vikings Motorcycle Club, who said their 'brother' will always be in their hearts

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Michael 'Gunner' Connolly

Michael 'Gunner' Connolly

Michael 'Gunner' Connolly

Tributes have been paid to a tragic biker whose “smile that lit up the lives of so many others” following his death in a motorcycle crash on Friday. 

Michael 'Gunner' Connolly died after his bike was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the R417 in the townland of Kilberry in Athy at around 6.10pm.

Emergency services had rushed to the scene where Mr Connolly, who was in his mid-40s, was seriously injured.

He was taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital in a serious condition where he sadly later passed away.

Mr Connolly was a member of Vikings Motorcycle Club, who said their "brother" will always be in their hearts.

"Yesterday evening we lost our brother Gunner in a tragic bike accident," Vikings MC Ireland said in a post on Facebook on Saturday.

"Not our friend. Not another biker. Not a fella we see down the pub

"OUR BROTHER !!! Our hearts are broken - words fail us right now. Ride Free Gunner - always in our hearts.”

Other tributes to the dad-of-one left on the condolences page on RIP.ie said Mr Connolly will be sorely missed.

“Rest In Peace Brother till we meet again from all your brothers,” Vikings South East wrote.

Another person has written: “My deepest condolences to the Connolly family on the passing of Micheal/Gunner and to the Vikings MC on the passing of their brother.”

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One reads: “Rest in Peace Micheal. You had a smile that lit up the lives of so many others and will be sorely missed. None more so than your girls, to whom I send our deepest condolences. !!

"Our hearts are broken - words fail us right now. Ride Free Gunner - always in our hearts," states another.

Mr Connolly, who was from Athy in Co Kildare, will be laid to rest on Thursday.

A post on RIP.ie reads: "Sadly missed by his loving daughter Jordan, partner Lavinia, sister Delia, brother Paul, nephew Eric, all his brothers in the Vikings MC, relatives and his many friends.

"Removal by Rigney's Funeral Director's on Thursday morning ( 19th August) to arrive at The Church of Our Lady of Victories, Kildangan for Requiem Mass at 11am, limited to 50 people.

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