William Dunlop: Skerries road races to go ahead 'at request of family' after tragic death
Prize fund for the event will be given to Dunlop’s family
The Skerries 100 motorcycle road races are set to go ahead as planned at the request of the Dunlop family, race organisers and gardai have said.
Tragedy struck the family for a third time on Saturday afternoon when William Dunlop was killed in a practice run at the event in Co Dublin.
The son of the late Robert and nephew of the legendary Joey, William was making his return to the sport after pulling out of this year's Isle of Man TT to be with his pregnant partner, who is expecting their second child.
He suffered fatal injuries in an incident during open practice on Saturday shortly after 5pm. Dunlop was racing on his Temple Golf Club Yamaha. The crash is understood to have happened at the Sam's Tunnel section of the course.
The 32-year-old was a winner at both the North West 200 and the Ulster GP.
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On Sunday morning, gardai said: "The annual Skerries 100 motorcycle road races will go ahead today as planned at the request of the Dunlop family."
Following consultation with the riders, it was also agreed the overall prize fund for the meeting would be given to William’s family.
The annual Skerries 100 motorcycle road races will go ahead today as planned at the request of the Dunlop family.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 8, 2018
William Dunlop RIP 1984 – 2018
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On Saturday, a statement on behalf of the Skerries 100 organisers read: "The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, organisers of the Skerries 100, 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 7th July 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's father Robert was killed following an accident in practice at the NW200 in 2008 while uncle Joey died after a crash in Estonia in 2000.
Tributes have flowed in for the much-loved racer and brother of Michael, who was also competing at the County Dublin event.
I'm really sorry to hear about #WilliamDunlop's death. I spoke to him a few months back for @BelTel about missing his father, depression and about the little light in his life, his daughter Ella. Thoughts and prayers with little Ella and his partner Janinehttps://t.co/MDTbHIBQfX— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) July 7, 2018
The Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club said: "The Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club are beyond devastated to learn of the death of our club member and local road racing legend William Dunlop, after he was involved in an incident in today's practice sessions at the Skerries 100.
"Our deepest sympathies go to his partner Janine and daughter Ella, mother Louise, brother Michael and Daniel, Granny May, the Dunlop family, William's friends, team and wider circle.
"Such a lovely fella on & off the bike. He will be missed so much by us all."
A man whose quiet charm and fierce determination will never be forgotten in the paddock. Ulster Grand Prix
Dundrod & District Motorcycle club said: "As a sport, road racing is like no other. It can bring the highest of highs, but it can also sometimes be incredibly cruel.
"From all at the Dundrod & District Motorcycle club our thoughts are with the friends, family and many fans of William Dunlop, who sadly lost his life at the Skerries 100 today."
North West 200 organisers said they were "absolutely devastated to learn of the death of William Dunlop in an incident today at the Skerries 100."
"Our sincere sympathies are with his partner Jeanine, his daughter, brothers, mother and extended family."
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.— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) July 7, 2018
Truly terrible news reaching Ballymoney tonight, from the control room our thoughts go out to the Dunlop family circle and everyone affected by the sad news about William.— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) July 7, 2018
Just hearing the tragic news of William Dunlops death. My thoughts go out to the rest of the Dunlop family. RIP— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) July 7, 2018
This is truly shocking news once more for The Dunlop family circle , Northern Ireland and the Road racing fraternity.— Eamonn Holmes OBE (@EamonnHolmes) July 7, 2018
Sincere condolences to William's partner and daughter.
So so sad . #WilliamDunlop #Rip https://t.co/yhGbcBcfTu
William Dunlop a hero behind handle bars. Charming and courageous in equal measure. Thoughts with the family and my old mate @liam_beckett— Joel Taggart (@TaggartJoel) July 7, 2018
So sorry to hear this. @doublebandfilms ROAD, opened BFF14 & we can honestly say that the reactions to the Dunlop's story & the film were some of the most emotional that we've ever had at a festival. A terrible loss to his family & community. https://t.co/2z3Fkt6CHa— Belfast Film Fest (@BelfastFilmFes1) July 7, 2018
Very sad news about William Dunlop. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dunlop family at this time. Another gone too soon 😢— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) July 7, 2018
Heartbroken to hear the news about Willie Dunlop. Willie was a friend and a great fella. RIP— Adrian Logan (@OurLogie) July 7, 2018
Awful news about William Dunlop. Another tragic loss for the Dunlop family. Condolences to sorrowing family and friends.— Jim Allister (@JimAllister) July 7, 2018
Desperately sad. Sincere condolences to the Dunlop family. https://t.co/EnnEbNgoJ1— Naomi Long MLA (@naomi_long) July 8, 2018
How sad to hear of the death of William Dunlop. Like his father Robert, uncle Joey, the Armoy Armada and all the friends and colleagues who lived and died by their sport, RIP— Mike Nesbitt (@mikenesbittni) July 7, 2018
We are so saddened by the terrible, tragic loss of William Dunlop. A brilliant sportsman - but above all a sweet, kind man. A gentleman. A friend. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family.— DoubleBand Films (@doublebandfilms) July 8, 2018
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