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Funeral takes place of road-racing’s ‘real character’ Victor Gilmore

The funeral took place yesterday of “a real character” of road-racing Victor Gilmore who was killed at the Killalane road race in Dublin.

The 42-year-old motorcyclist from Ballymoney — the home town of tragic legends of the sport, brothers Joey and Robert Dunlop — slipped off his high-powered bike during the competition on Sunday.

The father-of-three was an experienced rider having competed in the Isle of Man TT, and other road races across Ireland, the UK and Europe.

His partner carried his six-month-old baby girl Nicole behind his coffin after the service at Wellington Presbyterian Church, in Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Mr Gilmore’s father, Jim, and sister, Linda, held a photograph of the motorcyclist carrying an Ulster flag during a race.

Motorcycling photographer Stephen Davison said Mr Gilmore was “one of the real characters of the paddocks” and said he would be sadly missed.

A roadside marshal was also injured in the crash during the 600cc race. The 42-year-old is the second rider to die during a road race in the area this year after Myles Byrne from south Dublin, was killed during the Skerries 100 in July.

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