The late but great William Dunlop’s tumultuous, historic, ground breaking national, International roads achievements will be celebrated at next weeks Cornmarket Motorbike Awards ceremony in Belfast, as he posthumously joins the Irish Motorcycling Hall of Fame.
2015 Duke Road Race Rankings champion, four times a North West 200 winner, seven times an Ulster GP victor, winner of over combined 110 national, International road races, he’s rightly regarded as one of Irish Road Racing’s greatest ever exponents.
Speaking recently about her son joining the Irish Motorcycling Hall of Fame, Louise Dunlop movingly stated:
“We are still in complete shock after the tragic incident last summer, but any award the Dunlop family has ever received has been very special.
There is a sad poignancy that William goes into the Hall of Fame alongside his Dad and Uncle Joey, who we all still miss dearly. The Dunlops’ achievements which span almost 50 years, have left an indelible mark on sport in Northern Ireland.
With this award its just lovely to know the Dunlop name is still a force to be reckoned with, but it will be an emotional evening.”
“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of love and kindness we have received. It truly has been remarkable. William was loved by everyone, and we are so proud of his achievements, as we are of all my boys.”
Words by Stevie Rial