Three years on from his death, the widow of Laurencetown motorbike racer Stephen Larkin has thanked the public for their support.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his death, Katherine Larkin says it is only recently she has learned of the many fundraising events which were held in his honour.
Stephen died in July 2010 following a crash during practice for the Kells Road Races in County Meath. He later died in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital.
In a statement she said, “I would sincerely like to express my deepest of thanks to the PSNI and Mr Conor Downey (a Lurgan solicitor) for their guidance and support over this duration, and showing me light at the end of a very long and hard road.
“I am delighted to be able now to express our deepest thanks to Aileen and Lester Ferguson and the Kells Club for all their support, to Kerry Lindsay, the Mid Antrim Club and to the ladies of the Injured Riders Welfare Fund.
“Thanks to all those who provided medical assistance at the scene, the ambulance service and all the staff at Beaumont Hospital.”
She went on to thank other local groups who had lent their support at the time of his funeral, including Gilford Primary School and Crozier House.
Addressing those people Katherine added, “Your support at the time was overwhelming. In all honesty I remember very little of this time as I was still in deep shock, but the picture of hundreds of people standing to show their support and give my husband the farewell he deserved will always remain with me.”
Katherine says the time has come for the family to leave the sport as “it feels the right thing to do.”
“With this in mind we wish to thank all the road racers, their teams, the marshals, the supporters and all the clubs for everything they have done to show their support and their well wishes for our future. “I wish them all a safe and enjoyable 2014, and thank them all for the wonderful memories and friendships over the past nine years.”
She concluded, “Last of all I wish to thank my wonderful parents Mary and Seamus, beautiful sisters Deborah, Grainne and Judith, brother in laws Raymond and John, my nieces and nephews and the wider Kelly family circle.
“Also to our wonderful friends, especially to the Young, Hanlon, Mackin/Glen, McInnerney, Waddel and Allen families for standing by us through the darkest of times.”
The 29-year-old left behind his wife and three children: Aaron, Megan and Callum Larkin.