Belfast Telegraph

William Dunlop's mum in poignant message of gratitude

By Claire Williamson

The mother of road racer William Dunlop has issued a heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported her family since his tragic death.

In an emotional statement, Louise Dunlop said in time she hoped to thank everyone personally for the way they had reached out to comfort the family and "made the sad occasion pass much smoother for us".

Louise Dunlop: We appreciate all your help and will thank everyone personally

William (32) was killed during a practice session of the Skerries 100 in Co Dublin on July 7.

His death sent shockwaves through the motorsport world as many who regarded him as a hero tried to come to terms with his untimely passing.

William's funeral took place last Wednesday at Garryduff Presbyterian Church.

This is the same church where the funerals of his father Robert, killed at the North West 200 in 2008, and his uncle Joey, who died while racing in Estonia eight years earlier, were held.

Thousands lined the streets to pay their last respects to the road racing hero who was a firm part of the Dunlop legacy.

He leaves behind his pregnant partner Janine and their young daughter Ella.

Mrs Dunlop said: "I thank you all sincerely for your sympathy shown for my son William Dunlop and I am sorry that many of you hadn't time to grieve or get to say your goodbyes.

"I would like to thank everyone in our time of sorrow for their prayers, flowers, cards, messages, refreshments and donations you so kindly sent.

"We are greatly appreciative of all your help throughout those final few days with William and in time we will thank everyone personally."

Mrs Dunlop thanked her sons Daniel and road racer Michael for all their "strength and devoted love".

She also paid tribute to William's partner Janine, and Ella for her "little hugs".

"A sincere thank you to William's partner Janine and the lovely Brolly family for their loving support and to William and Janine's daughter Ella for her little hugs, and special thanks to my own mother and family for their great support," Mrs Dunlop wrote.

"If I have sadly overlooked anyone, it wasn't intentional as there were so many of you who made the sad occasion pass much smoother for us.

"Finally my heartfelt thanks to my boys, Daniel and Michael, for all their strength and the devoted love they have shown to their mother."

She thanked those who contributed to William's funeral service - including Rev John Kirkpatrick and the Rev Kenny Henderson and Louise Campbell for her poignant poem which was read out after it was shared online.

She said: "It was a great honour to see so many people from all corners of the world attending William's funeral to show your love and affection even in the drizzle - I appreciate your kind thoughts more than I can say."

Mrs Dunlop also paid tribute to the "great work" of the Motor Cycle Ireland medical team and all those who dealt with the incident when William was killed.

She also highlighted the "amazing respect shown by all the folk of Ballymoney".

Books of condolence have been opened for William and fans are donating to a crowdfunding page to help his family.

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