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Isle of Man honours Joey Dunlop with coin set

By Allan Preston

Northern Ireland racing legend Joey Dunlop has been honoured in the Isle of Man with a new commemorative coin collection.

The late motorbike world champion from Ballymoney triumphed in the Isle of Man TT an incredible 26 times.

The Isle of Man Post Office has now honoured his legacy with the new coin pack, 'Remembering Joey'.

Costing £17.50, part of the proceeds will go towards the Joey Dunlop foundation, which provides accommodation for those with disabilities to visit the Isle of Man.

In 2008, the foundation purchased Braddan Bridge House on the TT course, which has proved popular with visitors ever since.

The coin set contains a cupronickel crown with the image of Joey as well as pictures of him taken by Northern Ireland photographer Stephen Davison.

Maxine Cannon, general manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, said: "Joey Dunlop remains one of the most popular road racers of all time and we are delighted to be able to support the foundation created in his memory with this very special coin pack."

Bruce Baker from the Dunlop Foundation added: "We are thrilled to have worked with Isle of Man Post Office on this project, which is not only a wonderful way to celebrate what the foundation has achieved in Joey's memory already but will also raise money to further enhance facilities at Braddan Bridge House for visitors."

Joey Dunlop died while racing in Estonia in 2000 having secured the TT Formula One world title five consecutive times as well as 13 North West 200 victories.

This year it was announced that the Belfast actor Martin McCann will play the racing icon in an upcoming film on his life.

Remembering Joey can be ordered from www.iomstamps.com

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