A teenage motorcyclist with a “heart of gold” who died in a tragic crash with a bus near Dublin Airport has been named.
Shane Murphy, 17, was killed at a junction in the St Margaret’s area of North Dublin just before 8pm on Sunday.
The bus driver, a man in his 50s, was uninjured in the horrific incident but was treated for shock at the scene.
Family and friends have been paying tribute to Shane from Ballymun, Ireland, and have expressed their devastation at the tragic loss.
Shane was described as being a “lovely, lively and harmless young kid,” Dublin Live reports.
One close friend said: “I’m just so devastated for my family waking up to such bad news.
“Rest well Shane, I hope you get the best bed and look after your mam and dad, give them the strength to get through this.
“I can’t believe it, sending all my deepest sympathy to his family. Fly high Shaneo, we won’t ever forget you and we love you.”
Another added: “One absolute great, polite and family loving young lad taken from his family way too early.
“Every time I spoke to Shane, he was always so jolly and smiling, never seen him with a frown.
“I wish my highest love and condolences to my best friend since we were about five-years-old. Rest well.”
A third said: “My heart is broken, you were one of the funniest kids around Sillogue/Ballymun Shane, you had a heart of gold and always loved jumping in for games of football.
“I’ll never forget you brother, it feels like a dream and I can’t put it into words.
“Thinking of all your family, RIP young man you’ll be missed and loved forever.”
Shane’s hurling club Cumann Báire Setanta added another heartbreaking tribute for one of their promising stars.
They said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of a former club member Shane Murphy this evening.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Beannacht Dé lena anam.”
A Garda spokeswoman told Dublin Live: “Gardaí in Finglas are investigating a fatal road traffic collision which occurred at the junction of the R122 and the R108 St. Margarets, Finglas, Dublin 11 at approximately 7.50p.m. yesterday evening, Sunday 23rd August, 2020.
“A male motorcyclist (17 years) was fatally injured when there was a collision between the motorbike he was driving and a bus.
“The male bus driver (50 years) was uninjured but treated for shock at the scene.
“The body of the deceased has been removed from the scene to Mortuary where a post mortem will take place.”
She added: “The Garda Collision Investigators conducted their investigation and the road has now reopened.
“Gardaí are appealing to any road users who may have travelled the road and can assist them or any drivers who may have dash cam footage to contact them in Finglas Garda Station on 01 6667500, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”