Motorcyclist Noel Murphy dies at Tandragee 100

Riders at the Tandragee 100 on Friday.
Riders at the Tandragee 100 on Friday.

A rider died at the Tandragee 100 road race in Armagh on Saturday.

The fatal accident happened at around midday, and the name of the motorcyclist was announced over the PA system around an hour later as Noel Murphy.

News Letter Motorcycling Correspondent Kyle White was at a different part of the track when the crash happened, but said he understood Mr Murphy’s father had appealed for racing to continue on Saturday.

While racing stopped for some time after the incident as the road remained sealed off by police, it later got underway again with some riders sitting out as a mark of respect to Mr Murphy, Kyle said.

The crash happened during the fourth lap of the Junior Support Race - the second race of the day.

Mr Murphy was from Lusk in Co Dublin.

It is the second road racing tragedy to hit that village in recent years.

In 2008 Martin Finnegan, also from Lusk, died in the Tandragee 100.

Police confirmed a man had died after an incident on the Armagh Road in Tandragee.

No-one from Tandragee 100 was available for comment on Saturday afternoon.