Belfast Telegraph

Rock classics blast out as tragic TT racer is given fitting send-off

By Mark Bain

More than 1,000 friends, relatives and fellow riders gathered in the Isle of Man yesterday for the funeral of road racer Dan Kneen, who was killed in practice for the TT on May 30.

And in true Kneen style the service was conducted in the colourful way Dan (30) lived his life.

His fellow competitors gathered outside Douglas Crematorium to hear the Rev Canon John Coldwell tell them of a young lad who grew up near Churchtown, his passion for motorbikes on the island of the TT and his love of rock music.

"This is a small island and the love of motorcycling is there for all to see," he said. "There was a gentle pride in Dan's achievements and even those not interested in the sport followed his career and celebrated his achievements.

"I know he had made a lot of friends in Northern Ireland and it's a fitting tribute to hear that so many of them have made the trip back to the Isle of Man to pay their respects."

A PA system played the songs Paradise City by Guns n' Roses, and Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins from Dan's favourite film Top Gun, and his coffin was carried from the church to Queen's Bicycle Race.

The popular rider had been well-known to race fans here as a regular competitor at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix and had competed for the Saintfield-based MarTrain team

His partner Leanne had asked all his friends to forego the usual black funeral attire and instead turn out in racing gear and Dan Kneen T-shirts to give him the send-off he would have wanted.

He is survived by parents Richard and Gill and brother Ryan, as well as his partner.

Ryan will be leading a ride out around the TT course this morning at 11am to pay a final tribute.

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