Tributes paid to Artane taxi driver killed in paragliding accident

by Dublin Gazette

Tributes have poured in for an Artane taxi driver who died in a tragic paragliding accident in Wicklow last weekend.

Rafal Skora, who was originally from Poland, was an experienced paraglider who had visited the Wicklow Mountains last Saturday to go paragliding with a friend.

However, when he failed to return to his home in Artane on Saturday night, the alarm was raised by his wife and a massive search operation was launched on Sunday morning.

The body of the 41-year-old, who was also known as Ralph, was found in a field at Ballinacor Estate near Rathdrum in Wicklow around 8am on Sunday, alongside the wreckage of his paragliding equipment.

Many taxi drivers paid tribute to the Artane man, commending his honesty for a good deed he had committed just a day before he passed away.

He had posted on Facebook looking to track down the owner, or recipient, of a €500 voucher for Brown Thomas alongside a wedding card that he found in his taxi on Friday after dropping off a passenger in Monkstown.

He went out of his way to track down the owner of the voucher, successfully finding the engaged couple after his post was shared 22,000 times.

Following the news of his passing, his wife Dominika told RTE News that Ralph was “a good friend and pilot”.

She said: “Most of all, he was the best husband to me, and father to our children. All I’m asking of those who knew him is to never forget him.”

Dominika also mentioned that she still has the Brown Thomas voucher in her possession, and has appealed for the couple to make contact with her to organise a return of the wedding gift.

A Facebook page for drivers posted tributes to the Artane man on Sunday evening, calling Ralph “the most honest taxi driver”, sharing news of his passing.

The Irish Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association also paid tribute to Ralph, saying that their “thoughts and prayers are with his family”.

Ralph is survived by two children, three-year-old Benjamin and 12-week-old Julianna, and his wife Dominika.

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