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Village in mourning as dad Robert Wright dies on bike run

By Nevin Farrell

Published 07/09/2015

Well respected: Robert Wright
Well respected: Robert Wright

A father-of-three from Co Antrim who went out for a Sunday motorbike run with a friend has been tragically killed in a collision in the Republic.

Robert Wright (55), from Stranocum near Ballymoney, in north Antrim, was killed when the motorbike he was riding collided with a van around 1.20pm on the Hollymount to Claremorris Road, Co Mayo.

Police in the Republic said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last night there was shock in Stranocum where Mr Wright was described by friends as a well-respected man who was married with two sons and a daughter.

He worked at Chestnutt Animal Feeds in the village and was a member of the Orange Order and Royal Black Preceptory.

A family friend said last night: "Everybody in the village is in a state of shock and no one can believe what has happened.

"We are all numb here. Robert was a big part of village life, living and working locally.

"He had responded to a request from a friend to go out for a run on the motorbike and they obviously had covered a lot of ground to be in Co Mayo.

"Robert was well respected locally and it is a tragedy but Stranocum is a tight-knit community and everybody will support the family," he said.

Seperately, six people were injured in a two-vehicle collision in Dundrod, Co Antrim, yesterday. It is believed at least one person had to be cut from a car.

The Quarterland Road was closed for a time between Sycamore Road and Cochranstown Road. It is not believed any of the injuries were life-threatening.

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