Welcome to the Gone But
Not Forgotten Bikers Memorial website.
But Not Forgotten Bikers is an annual memorial, originally held in
Aghadrumsee, Co. Fermanagh, more recently in Clones, Co. Monaghan,
which aims not only to remember family and friends, but to offer a
connection for families who have lost loved ones. Grief is a very
personal thing, but one that can be helped by meeting and talking
to those who have been through similar tragic loss. The bikers memorial
offers that opportunity.
Started in 2003 the memorial was the brainchild of Teresa Boyle, who
had lost her brother Patrick to a motorbike accident. Sadly given
the numbers lost to motorbike accidents Teresa recognised that it
was impossible to go to all anniversaries/memorials. A single memorial
for all bikers was, she thought, the way to go. Teresa then spoke
to local ‘Biker Priest’ Fr. John Kearns and so the idea
for the Memorial began.
Connecting with other well-known local bikers J.J. McDonnell and Vinny
West they formed the original committee. The name ‘gone but
not forgotten’ was used as a continuation of a memorial bike
run started by J.J. in memory of his brother Brendan, which grew to
incorporate many more local bikers who had also died. The gone but
not forgotten bikers memorial was up and running.
From that first night in 2003 the memorial has grown to the point
where in excess of 1500 people attend. What had started out as a local
event, became a national one. Families travel from all over Ireland
to attend. Relatives of those recently deceased take part in the memorial,
each receive a candle with their loved ones name on it, which they
take home afterwards.
The memorial is open to those of all religions and to those of no
religion. It is not a fund-raiser or a charity event. While there
are costs involved, these are kept to a minimum and are covered by
voluntary donations. With the increase in size of the memorial, so
to did the workload. Accordingly the committee also increased its
membership with Annemarie Marshall, Kieran Brennan, Brian MacUaid,
Jason Marshall, Mick Hoare, Ciaran Myers, Kieran Gavan, Andy Treanor
joining over the years.
Everyone is welcome to join with us in remembering the people who
died living their passion.