Cycle against Suicide charity event to resume after marshal's death

Thursday 08 May 2014 23.06
Brenawn O'Connell was killed in a collision with a lorry in Co Donegal
Brenawn O'Connell was killed in a collision with a lorry in Co Donegal

The Cycle against Suicide event, which did not go ahead today following the death of a motorcycle marshal at the event in Co Donegal yesterday, will continue tomorrow.

The decision was taken to resume the cycle after the family of the late Brenawn O'Connell from Tralee in Co Kerry, expressed the desire that it would continue.

The 69-year-old was involved in a collision with a truck on the main Ballybofey to Donegal town road just before midday yesterday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

None of the cyclists involved in the charity event were injured in the accident and the driver of the truck was also uninjured.

This afternoon, the organisers of Cycle Against Suicide issued a statement in which they stated that they would honour the wishes of Mr O'Connell's family and continue the cycle.

They said: "Cycle Against Suicide is strong because of our community and yesterday that community lost one of its dear friends, motorcycle marshal Brenawn O'Connell in a tragic accident.

"This is a deeply painful time for Brenawn's family and friends, many of whom are currently with us on the Cycle.

"We offer our sincere condolences to them and in particular to his wife Kerry and his children Sadhbh, Kerry Óg and Tim."