Tributes flood in for tragic teen killed in Ballymun motorbike collision

by Rachel Darcy

A teenager who was killed in a tragic crash in North Dublin has been named locally as 17-year-old Shane Murphy from Ballymun.

The teenager was killed at a junction at St Margaret’s Road yesterday evening, after his motorbike collided with a bus just before 8pm. The bus driver, a man aged in his 50s, was treated at the scene for shock.

The scene was closed for a time following the incident for forensic examination, but reopened earlier this morning.

Tributes have flooded in for the popular teenager on social media, with locals, friends and family all posting messages dedicated to Shane.

Shane’s former hurling club, Cumann Báire Setanta, posted a tribute to the teenager on their Facebook page, shortly after news broke of his passing on Sunday evening.

The club wrote: “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.”

Ballymun Regional Youth Resource also posted their condolences to Shane and his family. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Shane Murphy . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” the youth centre posted.

In a statement, Gardai said they are appealing for witnesses to the incident, and have asked for anyone who may have dash cam footage to come forward.

“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.

“A male motorcyclist was fatally injured when there was a collision between the motorbike he was driving and a bus. The male bus driver 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.

“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.”

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