Three motorcyclists from Northern Ireland – including a promising young road racer – have lost their lives in tragic accidents over the weekend.
Bruce Moulds from Hillsborough died after his motorbike crashed into a ditch mid-competition at the Race of the South road race in Co Westmeath yesterday.
The 20-year-old's death has left friends, family and fans in shock.
Up to 10,000 spectators had cheered him on from the sidelines before his fatal accident at the back of the course.
He was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin after crashing at around 1.20pm.
One week before the Co Down man lost his life, he was narrowly beaten in the Skerries 100 in Dublin – coming second in the 125cc event.
He completed his first ever road race less than three months ago, and managed to finish with a podium place.
Mr Moulds was pronounced dead at 5.30pm yesterday.
The Athlone track is on closed public roads, described as being similar to the Ulster Grand Prix in Dundrod, Co Antrim, with hedges, walls and fencing guiding the route.
Meanwhile, a motorcyclist has been killed in a road crash in Co Down.
Richard Carson (40), from the Newtownards area, was killed in the collision between his motorcycle and a blue Peugeot car on the Ballysallagh Road in Crawfordsburn around 3pm.
The woman driver of the car has been taken to hospital to be treated for injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
Mr Carson was the second motorcyclist to die on Northern Ireland's roads over the weekend.
A 39-year-old man died after a road crash near Larne on Saturday morning.
He was riding a Suzuki bike on the Shane's Hill Road, about three miles outside the town, when he was in collision with a Renault Scenic car in the area of Kilwaughter.