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Derry motocross tragedy boy Daniel Sheridan is laid to rest as brother relives horror of freak accident

Published 30/08/2016

David Sheridan carries his son Daniel’s coffin after the funeral at St Anne’s Church, Bohernabreena
David Sheridan carries his son Daniel’s coffin after the funeral at St Anne’s Church, Bohernabreena
Scramblers form a guard of honour as Daniel’s coffin is carried into the church yesterday
Family members at the funeral
Daniel Sheridan

The young Dublin teenager who died in a motorbike accident last week and whose funeral took place yesterday was hit by another bike ridden by his brother in the incident.

Daniel Sheridan, who was 13 and due to start secondary school, died last Thursday after he fell from his bike in a motocross accident near Limavady, Co Londonderry.

He was airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, but died on Friday surrounded by his distraught family.

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle, his brother Jake (18) told how there was a crash when they were riding motocross bikes.

"There was nothing I could do, it was like a bad dream," he said.

"Me and Daniel were out practising, it was a beautiful day, but we had a crash and he passed away. It was really a shock for something like that to happen. There was nothing I could do, it was like a bad dream.

"I know he knows we loved him. It's been one of the hardest weekends of my life. We just need to stick together as a family now."

The two brothers were extremely close, and had raced in competitions in England. Daniel was tipped to follow in Jake's footsteps and represent Ireland in the sport.

Fellow motocross bikers formed a guard of honour at St Anne's Church for his funeral yesterday. It was packed to capacity in the peaceful surroundings of Bohernabreena parish in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Fr Michael Murphy from the Kilnamanagh parish in Tallaght conducted the Mass.

Symbols of Daniel's life brought to the altar included a pair of his motocross boots, the number eight stickers that identified his bike, a jersey and football from his beloved St Jude's club, his phone and the lead he used to walk his dog Sheeba.

Another brother, Dean, described him as a "little superstar". "He was a kind and gentle young boy and he wouldn't hurt a fly," he said. "His smile was wonderful. I'll truly miss him - my hero, my everything, my world."

Daniel is survived by his parents David and Sharon, Dean and Jake, and sister Sarah.

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