Northern Ireland

Magilligan: Daniel Sheridan from Dublin dies following motorbike crash

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Image caption Daniel Sheridan was seriously injured in a crash at Magilligan motocross track on Thursday and died later in hospital

The 13-year-old boy who died following a crash involving a motorbike in Magilligan, County Londonderry, was Daniel Sheridan from Tallaght in Dublin.

The incident happened at a motocross track in the area on Thursday.

Daniel was airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry, but later died.

Investigations into the circumstances of the accident are continuing.

Martin Barr, a friend of Daniel's family, said the teenager had been on the track "loads of times".

"Myself, his brother and himself have done many's a lap round there together," he said.

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Media captionFamily friend Martin Barr said Daniel 'always had a smile on his face'

Mr Barr said that Daniel loved life and always had a smile on his face.

Daniel's school - St Killian's Senior School in Tallaght - will be open from noon on Saturday for people to gather in remembrance of Daniel.

The schools's parents' association extended its deepest sympathies to the teenager's family and friends.

The local community has been left stunned, SDLP MLA Gerry Mullan said.

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Image caption The parent's association of Daniel's school issued this statement

"There's an air of disbelief and shock after an accident which resulted in the death of a young 13-year-old lad from Dublin.

"I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family at this very tragic time," he said.

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald also expressed her sympathy.

"My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult and sad time," she said.

A statement by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said: "Officers from the council attended the scene immediately and investigations into the circumstances of the accident are ongoing."

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