Monday, 16 July, 2018

Motorcyclist William Dunlop killed in crash at Skerries 100 road races

William Dunlop racing during practice at Skerries on Saturday William Dunlop racing during practice at Skerries on Saturday
Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 23:13

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr John Boyle will open a Book of Condolence in memory of Ballymoney motorcycle racer William Dunlop who died after a fatal crash over the weekend.

Meanwhile William's uncle Joey - an icon of the sport who won a record 26 races at the Isle of Man TT meeting - died in 2000 aged 48 during a race in Tallinn, Estonia.

Gardai said Sunday's race would go ahead as planned after the Dunlop family and the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club said it would be a fitting tribute to the talented racer.

"The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop's family and friends". It's a family very much in our thoughts right now.

The Dunlop Memorial Garden has become a focal point for the outpouring of grief, as everyone from motorbike fanatics to families with young children in tow gathered to lay flowers at the feet of the bronze statue of William's father, Robert.

He had due to become a father for the second time later this year with partner Janine Brolly.

Tributes have poured in for Dunlop, who secured 108 Irish National Road Race wins during a distinguished career.

It is believed William was riding an R1 Yamaha when he crashed on part of the circuit known as Sam's Tunnel about 5pm.

"Everyone's thoughts are with the family".

Not only did William clinch countless wins at the smaller road races, he was also able to make the step up at worldwide level, like Joey and Robert before him and just as his younger brother Michael has done over the past 10 years.

She tweeted: Motorcycling was his life and he will be forever remembered for his many achievements, both in Ballymoney and across the world.