But Not Forgotten Bikers is an annual memorial, originally
held in Aghadrumsee, Co. Fermanagh, more recently in Clones,
Co. Monaghan, which aims not only to remember family and friends,
but to offer a connection for families who have lost loved
ones. Grief is a very personal thing, but one that can be helped
by meeting and talking to those who have been through similar
tragic loss. The bikers memorial offers that opportunity.
Started in 2003 the memorial was the brainchild of Teresa
Boyle, who had lost her brother Patrick to a motorbike accident.
given the numbers lost to motorbike accidents Teresa recognised
that it was impossible to go to all anniversaries/memorials.
A single memorial for all bikers was, she thought, the way
to go. Teresa then spoke to local ‘Biker Priest’ Fr.
John Kearns and so the idea for the Memorial began.
Connecting with other well-known local bikers J.J. McDonnell
and Vinny West they formed the original committee. The name ‘gone
but not forgotten’ was used as a continuation of a
memorial bike run started by J.J. in memory of his brother
which grew to incorporate many more local bikers who had
also died. The gone but not forgotten bikers memorial was
From that first night in 2003 the memorial has grown to the
point where in excess of 1500 people attend. What had started
out as a local event, became a national one. Families travel
from all over Ireland to attend. Relatives of those recently
deceased take part in the memorial, each receive a candle with
their loved ones name on it, which they take home afterwards.
The memorial is open to those of all religions and to those
of no religion. It is not a fund-raiser or a charity event.
While there are costs involved, these are kept to a minimum
and are covered by voluntary donations. With the increase
in size of the memorial, so to did the workload. Accordingly
committee also increased its membership with Anne Marie Marshall,
Kieran Brennan, Brian MacUaid and Mick
over the years.
Everyone is welcome to join with us in remembering the people
who died living their passion.