Councillors are set to approve funding of £13,867 tomorrow evening to enable the William Dunlop Memorial project to be completed in the Memorial Gardens, Ballymoney.
William Dunlop died after a crash during the Skerries 100 road race in Ireland, aged 32 on the 7th July 2018. During his racing career, he accumulated 108 Irish National Road Race wins.
In addition, he also achieved numerous victories at two of Ireland's prestigious road racing events, the North West 200 (4) and the Ulster Grand Prix (7). His best results at the Isle of Man TT saw him securing the third tier on the podium on four occasions with his best result being the runner-up position in the 2016 TT Zero.
Until late 2015, Dunlop had raced for Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing campaigning the BMW S1000RR and a Suzuki GSX-R600. The 2016 season saw him competing at the main International Road Races aboard Yamaha YZF-R1 and Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Superbike and Supersport categories.
Work on the sculpture is in the final stages and it is due for delivery this month.
The following Notice of Motion was proposed in September 2019: “That a memorial tablet, in memory of William Dunlop, be placed within his father, Robert Dunlop's memorial garden in Ballymoney”.
This was subsequently agreed by full Council in October 2019. Subsequently, a working group was formed, which included the partner of the late William Dunlop and other individuals wanting to make the Motion a reality, by raising the necessary funds.
At the initial meeting it was clear that the working group believed that a sculpture of William was a more appropriate tribute, commensurate with the existing sculpture of his father Robert Dunlop.
It was however, the intention of the group to raise the additional funds to cover the cost of the sculpture. In the subsequent months, the group’s fundraising efforts generated £34,542 which enabled the artist to be commissioned to create the life size bronze sculpture at a cost of £31,000 including delivery.
Councillors last month were presented a report with the following information :
In order for the sculpture to be located appropriately within Council’s Memorial Gardens, modifications are required to the existing pavia.
In addition, a plinth is required on which the statue will sit, like that provided for the Robert Dunlop statue. The modified design of the site is at Annex A, previously circulated.
Council’s Estates Team has worked with the working group to ensure that the modified design is tasteful and also improves that overall aesthetic of the Memorial Gardens
Following a procurement process, quotes have been received for the required work.
The most advantageous quotes for the work are as follows:
- The cost for the marble plinth on which the sculpture will sit -.£4,980.
- The cost for work to the paviour - £12,429.
Therefore, the total cost to locate the sculpture will be £17,409.
With the £3,542 surplus from the fundraising being allocated towards the overall costs of the ground works and plinth, leaving a shortfall of £13,867. Council is therefore being asked to fund the remaining £13,867 to enable the project to be completed.