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:( :( :( Watched this man many times at this event and others as well as Joey:( i take my hat off to him, gone but never forgotten a family of legends and my heart goes out to his family RIP Pal :(
 

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Funeral of racing legend Dunlop

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7406573.stm


The funeral of motorcycle legend Robert Dunlop is due to take place in his home town of Ballymoney later.

Dunlop was killed in a high-speed crash during a practice lap for the 250cc North West 200 on Thursday. His son, Michael, won the race on Saturday.

The 47-year-old's funeral will take place at 1600 BST in Garryduff Presbyterian Church.

He will be buried afterwards in the adjoining cemetery where his brother, Joey, was buried in 2000.

The service will be conducted by the minister of Garryduff, Rev John Gilkinson, along with Motor Cycle Union of Ireland chaplain Rev John Kirkpatrick.

They are the same ministers who conducted Joey's funeral.


Three books of condolence have been opened for Mr Dunlop in his home town. Tributes to the dead motor biker have poured in.

The father-of-three came off his bike in the 250cc qualifying session near Portrush.

It is thought the riders had been travelling at speeds of about 160mph as they approached the Mathers Cross section of the course.

Dunlop's bike appeared to seize and he went over the handlebars. He died later in hospital.

Dunlop made his debut on the Northern Ireland roads as a teenager in 1979 and went on to claim his first major win in the Isle of Man in 1983 when he won the Newcomers 350cc race at the Manx Grand Prix.

The Motorcycling Union of Ireland and PSNI are investigating the incident.

Dunlop is also survived by his wife Louise and other sons William and Daniel.
 
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