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Family says Daragh “wasn’t just a cyclist” as they place ghost bike at Islandbridge gate to Phoenix Park

Family of Daragh Ryan, the 30-year-old man who lost his life in a recent collision beside the Islandbridge gate to the Phoenix Park in Dublin, said he a was a “brilliant and kind young man with a bright future”.

His family have placed a ghost bike at the junction where the collision happened last month.

A note from his family circulated with the images on Facebook said: “A Ghost Bike memorial has been placed at the spot where cyclist Daragh was killed when he was struck by a car at the Conyngham Road entrance to the Phoenix Park in Dublin on the 12th of March 2017. Daragh wasn’t just a cyclist. He was 30 years old and was a brilliant and kind young man with a bright future. He was a big Star Wars fan. He was a son, a brother, a friend, and a cousin. Daragh will be missed by everyone who knew him. Please take care of each other on the roads.”


IMAGES: Photos by Emma Loughran.

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2 comments

  1. A posting like this brings home the stark reality of a tragedy such as happened here. Unfortunately Daragh was only one of 8 people already killed off their bikes this year so far. Our thoughts are with his family and friends and those of all the other cyclists killed or seriously injured.

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  2. Lovely article and photos Cian – well done. I know this park gate very well and use it regularly as a runner. Do we have any idea how the accident happened?

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