Spirit of Aidan at memorial sidecar race in Mondello
A popular Tagoat man who lost his life in a motorbike accident last year, was remembered at the weekend in special trio of memorial races at Mondello.
Aidan Browne of Hillcastle, Tagoat was killed in a crash in County Westmeath in May 2018 after his motorbike hit a pole as he was travelling home from a motorbike rally.
The husband of Aedín Hassett and the father of three young children Sean (11), Ruari (9) and Aoibhinn (5), he ran the family business of Larry Browne Fire Protection Company and was a director along with his cousin Paul of Tagoat Steam Rally. He was also a motorcycling competitor who competed successfully at the highest level in sidecar racing with top drivers in Ireland and the UK and raced regularly in Mondello and also at the legendary Isle of Man TT races. He had numerous successes as a sidecar passenger which requires a high level of skill and was rated as one of the best in Ireland.
Aidan's death at the age of 40 caused heartbreak in the sidecar community which set up a Go Fund Me page for Aedín and the children.
Aedín decided to use some of the funds to support the Irish Sidecar and Motorcycle Racing Supporters Club in establishing the annual Aidan Browne Races at Mondello Park and the inaugural events were held last weekend as part of the Ernie Coats Sidecar Championships of Ireland during the Irish Masters Superbike Championships.
Family and friends of the Wexfordman travelled to Kildare to proudly present gold medals and a cash prize to the overall winners of the three races, with silver and bronze medals and cash prizes for the runners-up.
The event was won by Peter O'Neill and Brian Butler with Mark Codd (driver) and Liam Gordon(passenger)from Wexford coming in second place and taking two silver medals back to Aidan's home county. 'The sun shone down on Sunday and the atmosphere was just beautiful' said Aedín. 'The children and I just basked in the love and admiration that everyone had for Aidan. He always lit up a room and in Mondello on Sunday, he lit up the whole park'.