Tragic motorcycling teenager laid to rest

Daniel Sheridan died when he was struck by his brother's motorbike at a track in Magilligan
Daniel Sheridan died when he was struck by his brother's motorbike at a track in Magilligan

A 13-year-old boy who died after being struck by his brother’s bike in a motorcycling accident in Magilligan, Co Londonderry, has been laid to rest in his native Dublin.

Daniel Sheridan, a schoolboy from Tallaght in Dublin, fell from his motorbike at the practice track on Thursday, before being struck by his brother’s bike.

He was airlifted by an Irish coastguard helicopter to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry, where he sadly passed away.

Daniel was laid to rest in Dublin after a funeral service in St Anne’s church, where motocross racers formed a guard of honour at the church gates.

The requiem mass was conducted by Fr Michael Murphy from the Kilnamanagh parish in Tallaght.

A sports jersey, a pair of motocross boots, and a dog lead were among some of the symbols of the schoolboy’s life brought to the altar.

His brother, Jake, said he was “in shock” after the tragic crash.

“It was as if it was a real bad dream”, he told BBC Radio Ulster. “It was so unexpected, there was nothing I could do. I was in shock and I still am in shock.”

Dean Sheridan, Daniel’s brother, paid tribute after the accident. He described his brother as “my hero” and “my world”.

He said: “I’ll never forget you brother, you were a superstar in the making. You never gave up. I’ll race you again someday up there so I hope you’re practising buddy. Love you with all my heart, my hero.”

St Kilian’s Senior School’s Parents Association paid tribute to their pupil in a statement, which read: “The Parents Association would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Daniel Sheridan’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”