Jack Oliver: Northern Ireland rider dies in crash at Kells Road Races as ‘totally broken’ father leads tribute

Jack Oliver of Limavady was killed in an accident at the Kells Road Races in County Meath.

The 22-year-old jumped off his Kawasaki motorcycle in a Supersport race at the Crossakiel circuit, resulting in a red flag stop.

His family confirmed the tragic news on social media, with his brother Robbie saying he died “doing what he loved”.

Robbie wrote on Facebook: “As some may have heard our little rocket (got) his angel wings at the Kells road race doing what he loved most. (I’m) sure that wide grin was in all its glory!

“I honestly have no words. Can I ask you all to give my mother and father some space at this time and not call, please.

“Everyone dies, not everyone lives. Hold on high my brother, I will always love you.

“#232# ALWAYS NUMBER 1”.

In another social media post, Jack’s father Tommy said: “I’m completely broken. I can’t handle it. Always in my heart forever son, love you forever.”

North West 200 race director Mervyn White, originally from Limavady, said that Jack was a “rising star”.

“Very sad news about Jack Oliver and a rising star from my hometown,” White said.

The Irish Motorcycle Union (Ulster Centre) conveyed its condolences to Jack’s partner Lucy and all of his family and friends.

One road racing fan said: “Such sad news. He went racing in the clouds with the other greats we’ve lost. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Jack previously placed second in the Junior Support race and 10th in the Senior Support.

The Crossakiel event was Ireland’s first national road race event since 2019 and large crowds were expected.

All famous riders were expected to return home from the Isle of Man TT.

Jack Oliver qualified second in the Junior Support and Lightweight 250/400 categories on Saturday and third in the Super Twins.

The Garda statement said emergency services arrived this afternoon at the scene of a single-vehicle collision at a closed race track in Crosskill, County Meath.

“The collision occurred at about 13:30, it involved a motorcyclist,” the report says.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, died at the scene. His body was taken to the Navan hospital.”

This latest blow to road racing came after seasoned road racer Davy Morgan died in a crash at the Isle of Man TT.

The 52-year-old from Saintfield crashed out in the first Supersport race on his third and final lap on the mountain section of the track.

Yesterday his body arrived home in Northern Ireland and he was escorted by a large group of bikers to his home town in Co Down.

The funeral of the former North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix winner will take place tomorrow at Saintfield Presbyterian Church. The time has not yet been confirmed.

In total, five participants were killed on the TT, the highest number of deaths since 1989.

They included father and son sidecar team Roger and Bradley Stockton from Cheshire, French sidecar driver César Chanal and Welshman Mark Purslow.

The organizers of the TT Races, ACU Events Ltd, launched an investigation into each accident.

TT course clerk Gary Thompson said: “After each incident, we work tirelessly to understand the circumstances, establish key learning and implement changes as soon as possible. Any accident during an event is a tragedy.

“As an organization, we promise to take any action that can help improve safety, and do so at the earliest opportunity.”