member John James McDonnell started an annual motorbike
run in memory
of his brother Brendan who died in 1985. This run went
on for 10 years. It became the gone but not forgotten run
in 1996 to incorporate the names of the many, mostly young
people, who also lost their lives in motorbike accidents.
It was at this time that J.J. designed the plaque. The
plaque was made by Macartin Treanor and had memorial card/pictures
added of those we remember. The run was held every year
until 2000 when it was decided to end it. With huge numbers
of bikes attending safety fears lead to it’s ending.
Upwards of 1000 bikes turned up for it’s final run,
to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
With the start of the Gone But Not Forgotten Bikers Memorial
in 2003 the plaque became a central part of it. The plaque
now holds the names and pictures of in excess of 250 bikers,
the majority of whom lost at a young age to motorbike accidents.