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US motorcyclist is brought to Northern Ireland for his burial

By Michael Shiels McNamee

The body of an American citizen with roots in west Belfast has been brought to Northern Ireland for burial after he was killed in tragic circumstances.

San Francisco native Tony McMahon, who was in his 40s, was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle in San Francisco on May 20.

The US native was connected to west Belfast through his father who grew up in the area.

It is believed that a number of Mr McMahon's relations from the United States will make the journey to Northern Ireland for the funeral today. His body arrived in Northern Ireland this week.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, local Sinn Fein councillor Steven Corr said: "Obviously we extend our sympathy to them at this difficult time.

"They are a quite well known family in the area, and although he was born and raised in America he had a strong family connection here in west Belfast."

The remains will leave the home of Mr McMahon's aunt at Whiterock Parade today at 11.30am, for a Requiem Mass at St John's Church.

Mr McMahon will then be laid to rest in Crumlin Cemetery.

Meanwhile, another motorcyclist has died following a crash in Ballymartin, Co Down last Sunday.

The man's motorbike was in a collision with a car close to the junction with the main Kilkeel Road and Pat's Road at around midday on Sunday.

The driver of the car is currently assisting police with their enquiries. The identity of the motorcyclist who has died has not yet been released by the authorities.

Police continue to appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision between a motorbike and a black Ford Focus to contact them on 101.

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