The ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ committee announced that they would not be continuing with today’s part of the cycle in wake of yesterday’s tragedy when Brendan O’Connell, 69 years old from Tralee, Co. Kerry, who was volunteering as a motorcyclist marshal for the group was tragically killed in a collision with a lorry.

The fatal accident occurred just before noon yesterday on a stretch of the Barnesmore Gap road from Donegal Town to Ballybofey. Mr. O’Connell was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post-mortem was carried out.

Jim Breen, founder of ‘Cycle Against Suicide’, said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friend and his family at this difficult time. Our hearts are simply broken.”

Yesterday’s stretch of their journey would have been a historic day for the group, as the peloton would have entered Northern Ireland for the very first time.

No decision has been announced yet with regards to the remaining four days of the cycle.

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