Motor Cyclist Killed at Race in Portmarnock

Published: 5 July 1913

The Portmarnock Motor Cycle Races were the scene of a horrific accident today. Each race takes place over a measured mile; two riders start from opposite ends of the mile, and cross each other around the half mile mark, which is marked by a flag. The rules state that each rider must keep the flag to their left to avoid interfering with each other. Two of the day’s racers, M.J. Barrett, a native of Collooney, Co Sligo, and William Parker of Portmarnock, for an unknown reason, failed to observe this rule and collided head on and at high speed. They were both thrown from their bikes and, according to witnesses, clashed heads as they flew through the air. Mr Barrett a well known and highly successful motor cycle racer died of his injuries at the track, while Parker has been detained in the local hospital suffering from concussion.

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