Saturday, 22 September, 2018


Heartbreak as motorcycle ace William Dunlop killed at Skerries 100

William Dunlop racing during practice at Skerries on Saturday William Dunlop racing during practice at Skerries on Saturday
Noah Ferguson | 11 July, 2018, 00:14

FRIENDS of William Dunlop, who died following a motorcycle crash, have remembered him as "a lovely fella on and off the bike".

It was not the first racing-related death to befall the Dunlop family who have a proud motorcycling history.

He and his partner Janine had one child and were expecting the birth of their second.

In a statement, the Loughshinny Club, which organises the Skerries 100, said they deeply regretted that William Dunlop had passed away following injures received in a tragic accident that occurred during practice.

You don't need a deep knowledge of motorcycle racing to know the Dunlop family.

Also speaking at the Co Donegal golfing event, host Rory McIlory said: "I think it's unfortunate, what the family have been through has been horrendous".

He revealed he withdrew from this year's Isle of Man TT races after receiving bad news about the pregnancy.

The Ballymoney native, 32, crashed near Sam's Tunnel on his third lap shortly after 5pm on Saturday evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as this very sad time.

Motorcyclist Carl Foggarty said that his thoughts were with William's family.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was shocked and saddened by the passing of Northern Ireland's talented sporting legend, William Dunlop.

The race weekend attracts thousands of spectators to the area each year.

Dunlop enjoyed a distinguished career on Ireland's national road racing scene, accumulating some 108 wins, including four victories at the North West 200 and seven at the Ulster Grand Prix since beginning his career in 2000.

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

"A man in his 30s was fatally injured in a crash", a garda spokesman has confirmed.

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