Walderstown Road Races: Darren Keys dies after crash

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Image caption Darren Keys was 34 and from Ballyclare in County Antrim

A motorcyclist from Northern Ireland has died after he was involved in a crash at a road racing event in the Republic of Ireland.

The crash happened at the Walderstown Road Races in County Westmeath on Sunday at about 11:30 local time.

Darren Keys, 34, from Ballyclare, County Antrim, was taken by helicopter to the Mater Hospital in Dublin, where he was pronounced dead.

Gardai (Irish police) are investigating the crash.

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Sunday's other races at the event near Athlone were cancelled.

A police spokesman said the coroner had been notified and a post-mortem examination would take place.

Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, which is based in County Antrim, said it was "devastated" to hear about the death of Mr Keys who they described as a "proper gentleman".

"After making his road racing debut in Armoy back in 2016, Darren was really making a name for himself on the Irish National scene," the club said.

"He was loved by everyone in the paddock, fellow riders, officials and fans alike.

"A bright talent taken much too soon and he will be greatly missed."

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