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A Dublin motorbike racer has unfortunately lost his life at the recent fatal Tandragee crash in a Co Armagh race.
36 year old Noel Murphy was a citizen of Lusk who died as his motorbike crashed down at the esteemed Tandragee track.
Murphy was 4 laps into that chase in Junior Support division while the crash happened on May 3rd, around midday.
The racing event was naturally suspended briefly but then resumed again given the request of Murphy’s father who was a spectator there.
Fondly addressed as “Smurf” among friends, Noel was a plasterer in his dad’s business & had lately celebrated birth of his newborn son. He secured quite an impressive win end April at Cookstown 100 chase & took part in the Tandragee race to fasten his name for the classic Manx racing at Isle of Man.
“This is quite a terrible jolt”, said Nole’s friend, adding that racing community was high on the biker post his amazing win end April.
Tony Carton, the chairman of Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, where Noel too had his membership, expressed great disappointment on the untimely death of the bright biker. Defining Murphy’s fatal accident as huge loss for the club & the sport, carton added- RIP Smurf- from your dear racing friends & community.”
Many have left their heartfelt condolences on Noel’s racing page on Facebook. One of the fans wrote- RIP Murphy- Passed away sadly doing the thing you loved.”
Another post read-“world of motorbike racing lost one more brave man, Noel Murphy. You’ve been taken away too early.”
Racing fans even hit another popular social networking site Twitter to express condolences.
Noel’s unfortunate fatal accident marks the 2nd death at Tandragee. Another Dubliner Martin Finnegan too lost out on a bike crash at the same course in 2008.