Ireland 'Absolutely devastating' - Tributes paid to well-known motorcylist William Dunlop killed in north Dublin race crash

15:10  08 july  2018
15:10  08 july  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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WILLIAM DUNLOP : The motorbike racer has died in a crash . William 's father Robert also tragically died as a result of an accident at the North West 200 in 2008, while his uncle Joey was killed in a crash in Estonia in 2000. RIP: Tributes have poured in for William Dunlop .

It is the third tragedy to hit the motorcycle racing dynasty after William 's father Robert and uncle Joey were killed in crashes . 22:43, UK, Saturday 07 July 2018. Motorcycle rider William Dunlop has been killed in an accident at the Skerries 100 road races in Dublin .

William Dunlop © Provided by Irish Independent William Dunlop

The Skerries 100 motorcycle road race is set to go ahead today as planned at the request of the Dunlop family.

According to a statement from gardai, the annual event will carry on with the usual road closures.

Tragedy struck the Dunlop motorcycle racing dynasty for a third time yesterday when William Dunlop was killed in a practice run at the event.

The 32-year-old father-of-one died when he crashed on the closed road system near Skerries in County Dublin.

William Dunlop © Provided by Irish Independent William Dunlop

Several friends and colleagues have paid their tribute to motorcyclist William Dunlop, whose tragic death has sent shock waves across the community.

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TOP motorcyclist William Dunlop was killed in a tragic crash during a ‘practice run’ for a competition due to take place tomorrow. The 32-year-old died from injuries following a collision at the Skerries 100 races in north Dublin .

William Dunlop has passed away after an incident during practice for the Skerries 100 road races in Ireland. Making his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2006, Dunlop went on to achieve five podiums around the mountain course with a best result of second place.

Councillor Darryl Wilson, from Ballymoney in Co. Antrim, William’s hometown, described the news of his death "absolutely devastating".

"Utterly heartbreaking news for William's family, friends, the people of Ballymoney and the entire road racing fraternity," he told Independent.ie.

"My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all affected by this awful tragedy."

British Super Bike Riders Michael and William Dunlop © Getty British Super Bike Riders Michael and William Dunlop

Meanwhile, Dunlop's friend, photographer Shaun Lewis said that "there were no words" following the death of William.

"None that will make sense nor things that will make it easier for his wife Janine, for William’s Mum, William’s Granny, for his brothers or for his beloved daughter Ella, his close friends and the whole family circle," he said in a Facebook post.

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The Northern Ireland road racer William Dunlop has died after a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin . The 32-year-old rider from Ballymoney, County Antrim, was a member of the Dunlop dynasty of racing greats and a repeat winner of the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.

Motorcycle rider William Dunlop has been killed in an accident at the Skerries 100. It is the third tragedy to hit the family after William 's father Robert died in a crash at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey was killed while racing in Estonia in 2000.

"Tonight I raised a glass to William - I’m extremely proud to have known you, extremely proud to have watched you entertain the tens of thousands of race fans around the world and extremely, extremely proud for to have been approached by you to cover your races.

"William lived for racing, it’s all he knew, it was bred through him, through his uncle, through his dad, and even Michael followed him. In the last couple of years William lived for Janine and his beautiful wee daughter, Ella."

15th May 2018, Portrush, Northern Ireland; International North West 200 Motorbike race, Tuesday free practice; William Dunlop (Temple Racing) in action during the first Superbike qualifying session (photo by Graham Service/Action Plus via Getty Images) © (photo by Graham Service/Action Plus via Getty Images) 15th May 2018, Portrush, Northern Ireland; International North West 200 Motorbike race, Tuesday free practice; William Dunlop (Temple Racing) in action during the first Superbike qualifying session (photo by Graham Service/Action Plus via Getty Images)

William's father Robert was killed in May 2008 during a practice run at the NW200 event. His uncle, the legendary Joey Dunlop, who won more Skerries 100 events than any other rider, was killed in a motorbike race in Estonia in 2000.

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Motorcycle rider William Dunlop has been killed in an accident at the Skerries 100. It is the third tragedy to hit the family after William 's father Robert died in a crash at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey was killed while racing in Estonia in 2000.

Race organisers announced on Saturday evening that Dunlop , a regular at the Isle of Man TT and North West 200, had succumbed to injuries suffered in an accident earlier in the day. William Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 ( Getty ).

William's brother Michael, who holds the record for the fastest lap at Skerries, was also taking part in the practice run when William was killed.

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

Doctors and paramedics on duty at the event immediately went to his aid but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

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

Mr Dunlop was proud of his family's distinguished record of success in motorcycle racing.

It is understood William was making his return to the sport after withdrawing from the Isle of Man TT in May to be with his pregnant partner.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was "shocked and saddened by the passing of NI’s talented sporting legend, William Dunlop".

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

Meanwhile, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt tweeted: "Like his father Robert, uncle Joey, the Armoy Armada and all the friends and colleagues who lived and died by their sport, RIP.”"

Motorcycle racer William Dunlop killed in crash

  Motorcycle racer William Dunlop killed in crash Motorcycle rider William Dunlop has been killed in an accident at the Skerries 100 road races in Dublin. The 32-year-old from Northern Ireland, part of the famous Dunlop motorcycle racing dynasty, was taking part in practice at the time of the fatal incident.It is the third tragedy to hit the family after William's father Robert died in a crash at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey was killed while racing in Estonia in 2000.The Dunlops are household names in motorcycle racing, with Joey winning a record 26 times at the Isle of Man TT races.

Northern Ireland motorcycle racer , William Dunlop , killed in crash at annual Skerries 100 event. It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hopes everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100.

Northern Ireland motorcycle racer , William Dunlop , killed in crash at annual Skerries 100 event. It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hopes everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100.

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

Dublin , Ireland - 07 July 2018; William Dunlop of Ballymoney, Co Antrim, on a Yamaha R1 during practice for the Skerries 100 Road Races at Skerries in Co Dublin. (Photo By Barry Cregg/Sportsfile via Getty Images) © Getty Dublin , Ireland - 07 July 2018; William Dunlop of Ballymoney, Co Antrim, on a Yamaha R1 during practice for the Skerries 100 Road Races at Skerries in Co Dublin. (Photo By Barry Cregg/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

"Life’s pretty shit sometimes.. feel on top of the world one minute. Then brought back down to earth the next with the sad news that William Dunlop has lost his life racing today."

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

William Dunlop's brother, Michael, was promoted by the organisers as the star attraction this weekend following recent success in the Isle of Man TT.

"A man in his 30s was fatally injured in a crash," a Garda confirmed.

A man attending the popular annual event in North County Dublin said everyone at the event was "devastated" by the tragedy.

"The red flags went up as a steward announced there had been an accident. The practice was immediately halted," he said.

"A motorcyclist who was a short distance behind William was covered in oil.

"William's machine seemed to have suffered some sort of major failure and oil sprayed everywhere," he said.

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, organisers of the Skerries 100, said the club "deeply regrets to announce that competitor William Dunlop of Ballymoney, Co Antrim, has passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident that occurred during practice which took place today, July 7, 2018.

"The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop's family and friends.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time."

William Dunlop was previously a winner at the North West 200 and Ulster GP.

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