Rider dies at Tandragee 100

Published Saturday, 03 May 2014
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An Irish motorcyclist has died at the Tandragee 100 road races in Co Armagh.

Rider dies at Tandragee 100
PSNI, medics and race officials at the scene of the crash (© Pacemaker)

A representative from the Motorcycle Union of Ireland said that Lusk rider Noel Murphy was killed.

The Co Dublin man crashed out on a stretch of the road between Cooley Hill Corner and Castle Corner during the Junior Support Race on Saturday.

No other riders were involved in the incident, and Mr Murphy's father, also called Noel, requested that the race should go on.

Clerk of the course RJ Woolsey said: "The North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club deeply regret to announce at today's race at the Tandragee 100 a rider in the junior support race crashed and sustained fatal injuries.

"The officials and club extend their sympathy to Noel Murphy's family and partner.

"The club would have been happy to cancel the remainder of the event, but Noel's father insisted to me that we continue racing and simply said, 'I'm going to races 40 years, you run your race'."

At the same event in May 2008, top Irish motorcyclist Martin Finnegan, who was also from Lusk, was killed in a 100mph crash.

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has expressed her sympathy.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Noel Murphy during today's Tandragee 100 and I extend my deepest sympathy to his partner, family and friends. This is a very sad day for them and for the sport," she said.

"Motorcycling is highly popular but carries obvious risks, so should be as safe as possible for everyone to participate in and enjoy.

"I know that the Motorcycling Union of Ireland and the event organisers, the North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club, will provide every support to the authorities during the investigation into the circumstances of this tragic death."

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Comments Comments
John Porter in Londonderry wrote (265 days ago):
My deepest sympathy to Noel's family and friends. Like Noel's father, I've also been going to motorcycle races for over forty years, but not so much in recent years. Why,...because it's my belief that the risks presented by Irish road racing can no longer be justified. The level of risk (and the injury rate, and death rate) would not normally be tolerated in a modern society. Why is tolerated here? I'm no killjoy, and I fervently support motorcycle sport. But the more these unfortunate incidents occur, the sooner public reaction will eventually kill off the sport. Just look at the wealth of talent we have in local riders. Look at what can be achieved in international sport at the highest level by local riders (Jonathon Rea at Imola today, Eugene Laverty last month). Why can't our local talent be channelled into a safer form of the sport?
lance wilson in Portugal wrote (270 days ago):
sad news about Smurf Murphy who lost his life at Tandragee road races---a sport we love and hate..RIP Amigo
bike fan in belast wrote (271 days ago):
R.I.P. noel.
Jan in Ballymena wrote (272 days ago):
R.i.p noel, thoughts are with ur family at this time.
volantedb9 in Derry wrote (273 days ago):
God have mercy on him these guys are the bravest of the bravest competitors.
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