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Motorbike star William Dunlop to be remembered in his dad Robert’s memorial garden

A Notice of Motion proposed by Alderman Finlay, seconded by Councillor McAuley passed this evening at the Leisure and Development Committee with no objections for a memorial tablet, in memory of William Dunlop to be placed within his father, Robert Dunlop’s memorial garden in Ballymoney.

Ballymoney’s William Dunlop died in a tragic accident whilst taking part in an open race practice session on his Temple Golf Club-backed R1 Yamaha when he crashed at the Sam’s Tunnel section of the circuit on the third lap at the national Skerries 100 event.

William was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Gala Sports Awards in 2018.

Speaking shortly after the vote Councillor John McAuley said “William was not only a sporting superstar, but one of life’s great people in general who will never be forgotten.

Further details of the design/plans of the memorial will be agreed by Ballymoney DEA councillors and myself along with council officers and more importantly William’s family, who were contacted and agreed to this proposal before we proceeded to council with it.”

Councillor John Finlay concluded: “The Dunlop family have contributed much to Ballymoney and the Borough. William died tragically in July 2018, doing what he loved. Racing was in his blood, following in the footsteps of his father and Uncle, Joey Dunlop.

“I believe that it would be a fitting tribute to erect a Tablet in his honour in the Robert Dunlop Memorial Garden and I am requesting that Council undertake this in memory of William and his contribution to motorbike racing in Northern Ireland.”

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