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Former Ireland rugby player David Tweed has died at the age of 61 after a fatal motorcycle accident on Thursday afternoon. Tweed famously represented Ulster during his career at the highest level and won four caps for Ireland, making his international debut against France in 1995.
Tweed went on to serve as a councillor in Ballymena for the Traditional Unionist Voice after the end of his playing days.
He was killed in a horror motorcycle crash that occurred on Thursday in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Police have asked witnesses and those who may have captured dashcam footage of the incident to come forward and get in touch.
A spokesperson said: “A report was received shortly after 4.30pm that a motorcycle had been in collision with a car.
“The motorcyclist sadly died at the scene.
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“Whitepark Road, which was closed following the incident, has since reopened.
“Enquires are continuing and the Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident or who has dashcam footage or any other information to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1350 of October 28.”
Tributes have since poured in for the former lock on Friday after his passing was officially confirmed.
DUP MLA Mervyn Storey described the news as shocking and told the BBC that he was saddened to hear of Tweed’s death.
“I was stunned when I heard the news,” he said.
“David joined our church in Ballymoney over a year ago and would be the first through the door and always had a big smile on his face.
“It is well known that he had some difficult and sad times in his life and it is very upsetting to hear of his passing.”
TUV leader Jim Alister also said that he was ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of Tweed’s death.
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“Davy, a larger than life character, was widely known across North Antrim and further afield,” said Alister.
“His family is deeply rooted and respected in the Ballymoney/Dunloy community. This is a devastating blow to his family and wide circle of friends.
“I wish to express my deepest sympathy to his grieving family at this very difficult time.
“They are in the thoughts and prayers of many.”
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