Lecarrow tractor and bike run in memory of siblings who drowned in Ballybunion tragedy

Two Lecarrow groups will come together to host a Car, Tractor and Bike Run this Sunday (August 6th) in order to raise funds in memory of tragic siblings, Dessie Byrne (51) and Muriel Eriksson (62), who died in a drowning accident while on holiday in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry a year ago.

Father-of-two Dessie, who was originally from Baylough, Athlone, had been living in Lecarrow for 20 years while his sister Muriel was home on holidays from Malmo, Sweden, where she lived. An inquest into the tragedy found that their cause of death off Men’s Beach was accidental drowning.

The St John’s Lecarrow Vintage Club and Lecarrow Lazers Cycling Club, of which Dessie had been a member, will host the run from 3 pm this Sunday (registration from 12 pm).

Following the event, which includes a family fun day, an auction will take place in Coffey’s Pub, Lecarrow at 7 pm. The proceeds from both events will go towards the Dessie Byrne Memorial Fund, the local sub aqua club, and Ballybunion Search and Rescue.

Meanwhile, members of Dessie and Muriel’s family have travelled to Ballybunion this week where a memorial bench will be unveiled to mark the first anniversary of their deaths.

Provision of the bench, which is due to be blessed by the local parish priest in the seaside resort today, was made possible following a successful Gofundme campaign which raised €7,600.

Following the fundraiser, Dessie’s partner Paulette thanked all those who donated so generously and said that the amount raised “far exceeded our expectations”.