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'Our hearts are broken': Tributes to biker killed during charity rally

The father-of-three was killed when his bike collided with a car.

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A MOTORCYCLIST WHO was taking part in a charity bike rally in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland has been killed in a road collision.

Aidan Lynam worked for the charity and had come up with the idea for the Rev-up4DSI rally ten years ago because of his own passion for motorcycles.

The crash happened this morning at 11.45am this morning outside Kilkee on the Kilrush Road (N67) in Clare. The father-of-three, who was in his 40s, was fatally injured when his motorcycle collided with a car.

He was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.  The driver of the car was not injured in the incident.

In his last tweet, Aidan spoke of the beautiful views in Clare that he and his fellow bikers were being treated to on the second day of the rally:

In a statement this evening, Down Syndrome Ireland said they learned of his death and were struck with “inexpressible grief”.

“Rev-up4DSI was the brainchild of Aidan’s, and poignantly this year marked the 10th anniversary of this event, which through Aidan and his fellow motorcyclists has raised over €1.6 million for Down Syndrome Ireland.”

He is survived by his wife Nikki and their three children Robyn, Jake and Harry.

“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,” the charity said.

People who knew the biker also took to Twitter to express their grief and speak highly of Aidan:

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Gardaí are currently conducting a forensic collision investigation at the site of the crash and diversions are in place.

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Kilrush Garda Station on 065- 9080550, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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