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Wednesday, 16 August, 2000, 17:41 GMT 18:41 UK
Funerals of tragic racers

Father of two Gary Dynes died racing at Glaslough
Hundreds of people have attended the funerals of two motorcyclists killed in a road race on Sunday.

Gary Dynes, 33, a father-of-two from Magheralin in County Down and Andy McClean, 23, from Coleraine, in County Londonderry, died following a crash in County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland.

Among the mourners at Mr Dynes' funeral in Magheralin Parish Church was Robert Dunlop, whose brother Joey was killed in a road race six weeks ago.

At the front of the cortege, was Mr Dynes' widow Vivien who has made it known she is still a supporter of the sport.

Mr McClean's funeral was held St Andrew's Parish Church in Ballysally, Coleraine.

Mr Dynes and Mr McClean were among five riders involved in a pile-up during the opening lap of the 250cc race at Glaslough.

The race meeting was abandoned after the incident.

Mr McClean had been leading the race before the pile-up.

McClean racing at a Mid Antrim event last week
He was taken to Middleton army base by ambulance and airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he died.

Mr Dynes was operated on at Craigavon Area Hospital, County Armagh, but did not survive his injuries.

Another rider, Denis McCullough, from Dromara, in County Down, was treated for leg and chest injuries.

Two other riders Darren Lindsay from Lisburn, County Antrim, and Stephen Thompson from Newtownards, County Down, were also involved in the crash, but neither were seriously injured.

The deaths came six weeks after Ulster motorcycling hero Joey Dunlop was killed racing in Estonia and brings the number of Northern Ireland racers killed in the sport to seven in 12 months.

His brother Robert has said he may give up road racing after the latest fatalities.

Darren Lindsay has said he will give up road racing
Darren Lindsay has said he will give up road racing
Meanwhile, road racers Darren Lindsay and James Courtney have said they intend to make Saturday's Ulster grand prix at Dundrod in County Antrim their last road race, because so many of their fellow competitors have been killed.

Motorcycle race organisers in Northern Ireland have said they are to consider further safety measures following the deaths.

But the mayor of Ballymoney, Bill Kennedy, has called on racing fans to boycott the Ulster grand prix to protest over safety standards in road racing.

Northern Ireland sports minister Michael McGimpsey has extended his sympathy to the families of the two motorcyclists.

He said: "This is another tragic blow for the sport of motorcycle racing.

"It follows the very recent untimely death of Joey Dunlop which brought home to us all that danger and possible tragedy is never far away in what is one of the most spectacular and exciting of sports."

President of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Jim Creagh described the deaths as a "bitter blow" to the sport and extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

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