Derek Joyce d 11 September 2014

Sep 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Joyce Obituaries

Derek Joyce, Harestown Road, Monasterboice, Drogheda, Co. Louth 11th September 2014. Suddenly, following an accident.  Derek, beloved youngest son of Agnes and Noel.  Very sadly missed by his loving Mam, Dad, brother Anthony, sisters Aileen, Louise and Christina, sister-in-law Gráinne, brothers-in-law Dave and Gerry, nephews, Cormac, Gerald, Jarlath and Rory, nieces Abigail and Saoirse, grandmother Peggy Mc Gibbon aunts, uncles, cousins and a large circle of friends.


Reposing at his home from 2pm tomorrow, Saturday.  Removal on Sunday afternoon at 12.45pm  arriving to Drogheda Presbyterian Church, Colpe, for Funeral Service at 2pm.  Burial afterwards in Rathdrumin Graveyard, Grangebellew, arriving at 4pm approx.  Family flowers only.

A motorcyclist has been killed in a horrific head-on crash with a tractor as thick fog blanketed country roads.

Derek Joyce, 39, died when his bike burst into a fire ball after the collision in Ireland.

Tributes have flooded in for the keen motorcyclist, of Monasterboice, Drogheda.

Councillor Oliver Tully said he had been Mr Joyce’s teacher when he attended St Joseph’s Christian Brothers School in Newfoundwell, Drogheda.

In recent years he said he had always looked forward to bumping into him at the gym he attended.

He told the Irish Mirror: “I have known Derek for a long time. After being his teacher I would see him in the gym for the last two years, every time I visited.

“He was a lovely lad, a really nice person. He will be sorely missed.”

Derek Joyce
Crash scene: Ballymakenny Road outside Drogheda


Family friends took to social media as hundreds paid tribute following his death.

Shona Mooney said: “This is just awful. RIP Derek – thinking of you and all your family at this heartbreaking time.”

Shane Reilly said: “Going to miss you, lad. Won’t ever forget you – thinking of you and your family.”

The tragic crash took place at about 5.30pm, before emergency services rushed to the aid of Mr Joyce and the tractor driver, who was uninjured.

But after flames had earlier engulfed the motorbike and farm vehicle nothing could be done to save Mr Joyce.

He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 6pm, before his body was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Photographs appeared to show the machine he was riding torn in two from the force of the collision, with blackened debris strewn across the road.

Cllr Tully said he had been working hard to rehabilitate himself at the gym following an earlier crash in which he was seriously injured.

NewsfileDerek Joyce
‘A gentleman’: Derek Joyce died in the crash


He said: “He just loved his motorcycle. I think he had an accident on it before – that’s why he was going to the gym.

“Every day he would be in there, every time I went. He was very personable – a gentleman. I’ll miss him.

“When I went to work out he was one of the people I would look forward to talking to.”

He added: “He got on well with everyone, and he will be sadly missed in this town.”

Drogheda Mayor Kevin Callan said: “Our sympathies go out to the family in a tragic situation, on an evening when we have had heavy fog in the area. It’s very sad.”

Planning documents online showed last year he had applied for permission to build a home just yards from his parents’, in the Brownstown area.

He had sold one of his prized motorcycles earlier this year, a 1998 Honda Fireblade, along with an assortment of safety equipment.
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