Tributes paid to Irish cyclist who died on spin as more details emerge

Posted on: April 10th, 2019

In happier times: Irish cyclist Philip Corr very sadly died last Saturday afternoon as he headed for home having turned off from his club spin.

The wife of cyclist Philip Corr has led tributes to him following the death of the 41-year-old out cycling at the weekend.

Kelly Corr said a light had gone out in her life and she did not know what she would do without him.

“Today a light went out,” she said. “I can’t breathe with the pain.

“He was my everything… everything I could possibly have dreamed and so much more.

“Philip Corr please walk through the door I don’t know how to do all this without you.”

Philip was out cycling on Saturday morning with his Titanic Quarter Cycling Club; a club he had helped set up.

He had turned off on his own and was headed for the direction of home in Belfast when he died.

It has now emerged he was found in a collapsed state on the side of Ballynahinch Road in Dromara just after 1pm.

The emergency services were called and rushed to the scene. Sadly the efforts of paramedics were not enough to save the father of four.

Philip was a project manager on the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. He had established the cycling club with the same name as a legacy to the Giro’s visit to Belfast.

And he had also worked behind the scenes in helping to organise the Giro’s start in Belfast five years ago.

A close friend of Philip Corr, Alex McGreevy, told The Belfast Telegraph everybody was “just devastated and really shocked” at his sudden death.

“Philip was always so active and on the go and people in the cycling community can’t believe it,” he said.

“On Wednesday he was bantering with me about being a fair weather cyclist. This is the last person you would ever think this would happen to.”

Philip had been due to travel to Mallorca for some cycling with his club in the weeks ahead. And he was also planning to ride the Mind Your Mood sportive.

He had set up a fundraising page for that with a target of £250. Since his tragic death that sum has been exceeded 20-fold, according to the donation page.

A death notice said he was a loving husband of Kelly, and a devoted father to Nathan, James, Bradley and Sophia.

His funeral service will take place tomorrow, Thursday, at 2.30pm at St Colmcille’s Parish East Belfast followed by a committal at Roselawn Crematorium at 4.30pm.