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He's my hero: Brother's tribute to Dublin teenager Daniel Sheridan (13) killed in Derry motorbike crash

By Cate McCurry

Published 27/08/2016

Motorbike enthusiast Daniel ‘Dano’ Sheridan died doing what he loved best
Motorbike enthusiast Daniel ‘Dano’ Sheridan died doing what he loved best

The brother of a 13-year-old boy who died in a motorbike crash days before the end of the summer holidays has paid tribute to the "superstar", saying he never stopped smiling.

Daniel Sheridan, a promising motocross rider, died after falling from his beloved bike at a motocross track outside Limavady on Thursday.

The teenager, from Tallaght, Co Dublin, was visiting the track with his brother Jake, who is also a keen motocross rider.

Bystanders worked frantically to try and save him while emergency services were called to the scene. A HM Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick and an Irish Coastguard chopper from Sligo attended the scene, as did the PSNI.

CPR was administered at the track, but the seriousness of Daniel's injuries required urgent hospital treatment.

Daniel - who was known as Dano - was flown to Altnagelvin Area Hospital for emergency treatment but died in hospital yesterday surrounded by his distraught family.

He was due to start his first year at a secondary school in Dublin next week.

His heartbroken brother, Dean, who was at work at the time of the accident, said he was a "superstar in the making".

"Daniel was a kind, nice little boy who wouldn't do wrong to anyone," he said.

"He was a wonderful young boy who loved life and never stopped smiling, he always gave it his all. He started racing in 2008 as my dad used to race back in the day, so he got us into it as a family and it took off from there.

"I'll truly miss him, he's my hero, my everything, my world. He loved every lap and every track. He used to get really nervous but he would overcome his nerves and he would get through it, he was going to be a great rider and he loved his sport and he would be happy that he went doing the sport he truly loved."

A parent association at St Kilian's Senior School, where Daniel was to attend, paid tribute.

"The Parents Association would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Daniel Sheridan's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all," a statement said.

"St Kilian's Senior School will be open on Saturday at 12pm midday for those of you who would like to gather in remembrance. May he rest in peace."

A spokesman for Motorcycling Ireland Motocross posted on their Facebook page: "On behalf of all in Irish Motocross, I want to offer our support and thoughts to the Sheridan family in this incredibly sad time."

Sinn Fein Assembly member Caoimhe Archibald expressed her condolences. The East Derry MLA said: "The community is in shock following the tragic death of a 13-year-old boy. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

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