THE funeral mass has taken place of Liam Oâ€™Connor of Kylefea, Croom, who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding was involved in a collision with an oncoming car at a notorious blackspot on the Scariff to Gort road in Galway on Sunday morning.
Mr Oâ€™Connor (28) was on his way home having attended the Dal Riada Motorcycle Club â€˜Plan of Attackâ€™ rally in Killanena, County Clare, the day before.
Only last year the popular motorcyclist attended the funeral in the same church (St Maryâ€™s, Croom) of his â€œbest buddyâ€ Tyrone Ryan who died following a collision between his motorbike and a car on the Croom to Ballingarry Road.
Fr Eamonn Oâ€™Brien who was chief celebrant at Mr Oâ€™Connorâ€™s funeral mass, made a special appeal to motorcyclists from the altar to make themselves as visible as possible on the roads.
The Croom curate had only returned from California where he buried his best friend Mike Moffat, again following a motorcycle accident. â€œIt is obviously a hobby and has great camaraderie and so forth. As a car driver I would plead for motorcyclists to be visible because it is a problem, the visibility and the vulnerability of motorcyclists. Iâ€™m sure this great community of motorcyclists here will do their very best to lessen the pain for other families,â€ he said.
The hundreds of mourners - many of them bikers dressed in their leathers as a mark of respect - listened intently as Fr Oâ€™Brien remembered the â€œthoughtfulâ€ and â€œmuch lovedâ€ Liam who arrived into the world on May 14, 1984.
Mourners heard how Liam was a caring young man â€œand his care reached to a service for our country in the Navy Reservesâ€.
â€œHe journeyed around the whole coast of Ireland and also travelled to other places with the navy and for that the nation should be thankful and it is something you should be very proud of,â€ said Fr Oâ€™Brien.
Following the funeral mass, dozens of bikers formed a guard of honour as Liam Oâ€™Connorâ€™s coffin was carried to Reilig Mhuire cemetery.
For more, see this weekendâ€™s Limerick Leader, print edition