Tyrone man, 22, dies after Sydney motorbike accident

Tiarnan Rafferty, 22, died following a motorcycle accident in Sydney.

Tiarnan Rafferty, 22, died following a motorcycle accident in Sydney.

A motorcyclist from Co Tyrone has died in hospital following a crash at Marrickville, in Sydney's Inner West, on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Sydenham Rd and Malakoff St just before 2pm, after reports of a crash between a motorcycle and a car.

The rider, 22-year-old Tiarnan Rafferty from Galbally, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a critical condition, where he died.

His devastated mother is prominent Tyrone republican Sharon Jordan, according to The Irish News. His grieving father Damien Rafferty is also well known in the east Tyrone area.

A spokeswoman for New South Wales Police said the driver of the car was not injured and that "she was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing."

Mr Rafferty, a former pupil at St Ciaran's College in Ballygawley, worked in the construction industry after moving to Australia in recent years.

It is understood he returned home at Christmas for a five-week holiday before returning to Australia.

Donaghmore parish priest Fr Gerard McAleer told the Irish News the local community has been left stunned by Mr Rafferty's death.

“I heard he was a lovely young fellow and this has come as a great shock to everyone in the community,” he said.

Colin Bell from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust said the charity is helping to return Mr Rafferty's remains to his family but cautioned it may take several days.

“From Australia it could be anything up to ten days,” he said.

“We will try to bring him home as soon as possible.”