The Irish community mourns as tributes are paid after the sudden death of a well-known ‘gentleman’ and cyclist
Tributes are pouring in for a talented father-of-two and cyclist after he passed away on Monday.
Adrian McDermott, from Carrigans in County Donegal, died at home and is remembered as a ‘gentleman’ and an ‘incredible athlete’.
He was a well-known member of the cycling community in Co Donegal and beyond, both through competition and because of his work as a cycle mechanic.
Tributes are paid by Adrian’s family, his employer and the local community after his death.
His brother Michael said: “Gone but never forgotten. The hardest time of my life having to give my brother back to God who gave us Adrian Mc Dermott, funeral at the beautiful Longtower Chapel at 11am on Thursday.
“A gentleman, nothing was too much trouble, an incredible athlete, a great son/son-in-law, a great father and a great husband, a great brother/brother-in-law, a great uncle, may he rest in peace and watch over us all.”
Adrain’s employer, LK Bikes, said on Tuesday: “It is with a broken heart that I write this, sadly last night we received the terrible news that our chief mechanic, Adrian McDermott, had passed away. We not only lost a co-worker, but also a best friend. Rest in peace Adrien, we all love you.”
The company has since opened a condolence book in memory of the popular man.
Several cycling clubs and organizations have also expressed their sadness at Adrian’s passing.
Local cycling club VC Glendale said: “VC Glendale would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Adrian McDermott, a former member of the club during his Total Cycling days following his sudden passing.
“Adrian was an absolute gentleman and a great teammate to many members of the club whom he had recently asked the club to join in 2022 to race in Belgian colours, he will be missed by our close-knit cycling family and this photo brings back many greats of the memories of the success he helped bring to the club. Rest in peace Adrian.”
Simon McCarron of Lifford Cycling Club wrote: “All at Strabane Lifford Cycling Club would like to send their deepest condolences to the family of Adrian McDermott.
“We are all in shock to learn of Adrian’s sudden death. Adrian was a true gentleman, a great family man and a great cyclist.
“He was a regular at many of our club’s cycling events over the years, when he wasn’t competing he was there to cheer on the other cyclists in our road races and time trials.
“We will miss you on the road Adrian, your friendly wave of appreciation as our training groups passed each other as we enjoyed our sport on the roads of Donegal, Derry and Tyrone. RIP Adrian McDermott.”
Another local cycling club, Finn Wheelers Cycling Club, said: “Finn Wheelers was very saddened to learn today of the sad news that Adrian McDermott passed away.
“We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Adrian’s family, his co-workers at LK Bikes and all of his cycling friends at this very sad time. Adrian was a top bike mechanic, a great cyclist and a a person highly respected by all who knew him.”
Meanwhile, Cycling Ulster said it was saddened to learn of Adrian McDermott’s passing.
Paying tribute, the organization said: “Adrian was a lifelong cyclist and was a regular contender on the provincial road racing and time trial scene, representing Four Masters CC and VC Glendale with distinction.
“He was part of the Total Cycling sponsored VC Glendale team alongside international riders such as Tommy Evans and Brendan Doherty in the early 2000s.
“Adrian’s love for cycling also extended to his professional life as he was the chief mechanic at LK Bikes in Letterkenny where he enjoyed meeting other cyclists and discussing all aspects of the sport.
“Cycling Ulster sends its deepest condolences to his wife Deirdre, children, extended family and friends.”
The Foyle Cycling Club also sent its “sincere and deepest condolences to the family of Adrian McDermott”.
“We are all in shock to learn of Adrian’s sudden death. Adrian was a true gentleman, a great family man and a great cyclist,” the club said.
“He was a regular at many of our club tournaments and cycling events over the years, when he wasn’t competing he was there to cheer on the other cyclists in our road races and time trials.
“We will miss you on the road Adrian, your friendly wave of appreciation as our training groups passed each other as we enjoyed our sport on the roads of Donegal, Derry and Tyrone. RIP Adrian Mc Dermott from all at Foyle Cycling.”
The Saddle Rock Cycling Club also paid tribute, writing: “It is with deep sadness to learn of the sad news and death of Mr Adrian McDermott.
“Known widely in the North West and especially in Inishowen.
“A bike mechanic by trade, always happy to share technical information at all hours of the night.
“Condolences to his wife, his family and his close entourage.”
Adrian, who is mourned by his wife, two children, parents and four siblings, will be laid to rest on Thursday after a funeral mass at St Columba’s Church in Derry at 11am.