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Why there will never be anyone quite like Joey Dunlop

Twenty years after his tragic death, memories of Dunlop's remarkable feats are still treasured by all

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King of the road: Joey Dunlop thrills the crowd

King of the road: Joey Dunlop thrills the crowd

Joey Dunlop meaning business at the 1995 Ulster Grand Prix

Joey Dunlop meaning business at the 1995 Ulster Grand Prix

Helping hand: Joey Dunlop setting off to feed refugees in Yugoslavia in 1992

Helping hand: Joey Dunlop setting off to feed refugees in Yugoslavia in 1992

Joey's brother Robert at his memorial in Estonia

Joey's brother Robert at his memorial in Estonia

King of the road: Joey Dunlop thrills the crowd

Twenty years ago this coming Thursday, July 2, the Northern Ireland community and motorcycle racing world at large reeled in shock as news of the death of Joey Dunlop shattered the peace of a quiet Sunday afternoon and his close family and friends forever. He was aged just 48.

To this day there remains disbelief that one of the all-time greats of his sport could be taken in a meaningless 125 race which Joey had entered for fun while on one of his regular 'mercy missions', delivering food, clothing and toys to orphaned children in the Baltic state of Estonia.

Sadly, Joey came to grief as his little machine left the road and collided with a tree on the densely forested circuit, just outside the capital Tallinn.