Tributes have been paid to popular local cyclist, Adrian Mullan, who died at the weekend following a road traffic accident in Inishowen.
Adrain, who was a member of the Foyle Cycling Club, was cycling a route on the Choc Uí Uinninn Hill at Moneydarragh travelling from Redcastle to Gleneely when he was struck by a van.
Speaking on behalf of Foyle Cycling Club, Simon Gill paid tribute to Adrian. He said, “Foyle CC is numb with shock and devastated at the loss of long time member Adrian Mullan.
“Adrian was a true gentleman who will be sorely missed.
“The club sends its sincere condolences to his wife Patricia and children Gemma, Rachael and Joshua, wider family circle and friends.”
He continued: “Adrian was a very skilled cyclist and covered the Inishowen area frequently. All cyclists are aware of the dangers when they take to the roads, but we never expect it to affect someone from our own club.
“All club activities have been suspended for the time being as a mark of respect.”
A number of local clubs also suspended their activities over the weekend, with a large number of clubs sending messages of condolences and support from all across Ireland and the U.K.
Adrian was well known in particular for his charitable work. He ran an event this year involving back to back laps of the Inishowen 100 in aid of Foyle Hospice before embarking last month on a gruelling London to Paris cycle, again with club members in aid of the Foyle Hospice.
Inishowen Garda Superintendent Eugene McGovern said that their investigation so far has indicated that fog was not a factor in the collision.
While there was dense fog in patches across Inishowen on Saturday morning, it is understood the higher ground area at Cnoc Uí Uinninn was not affected.
Superintendent McGovern also appealed to anyone who may have been in the vicinity in which the collision occurred and who may have information, to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 93 20540.
He said the collision occurred between 9am - 9.15am and the cyclists had been travelling from Redcastle to Gleneely. The van driver was driving from Gleneely to Redcastle.
Superintendent McGovern also issued an appeal to all those using the roads at this time of year and in the early hours of the morning to be vigilant.
He said: “When a collision of this nature occurs, we remind people using the roads in the early hours of the morning to be vigilant. At this time of year, there can be heavy fog or bright sun. If you are using the roads in any capacity, please be aware of this. And, this is especially important for cyclists, walkers and runners; ensure you are wearing bright or hi-viz clothing, so you are easily seen.”
Supt. McGovern said drivers should also be cautious in this weather and aware there may be people along the road.
Adrian’s funeral leaves from his home, 17 Amelia Court tomorrow (Wednesday) October 21st at 8.50am for 9.30am Requiem Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Carnhill.