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After another Covid-dominated week, the GAA world will attempt to focus on the pitch again as the Football League's ups and downs are decided. Dunlop helped orphans in the Balkans, driving a van loaded with supplies to orphanages in Romania, Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina before the annual racing season began. "I'm not saying I knew him well but we had respect for each other and helped each other out at times. After the race Joey said in his own typically understated way: "That was a tight race. recorded a song in memory of Dunlop, called Joey; it appeared on the album Shameless, released in 2001. Dunlop went on to add Lightweight 250cc and Ultra-lightweight 125cc victories later in the week to complete a seemingly impossible feat - three TT wins 23 years after he recorded his first success. He started racing in 1969 and won 26 Isle of Man TT races, the first in 1977. On the Isle of Man, a statue of Dunlop astride a Honda overlooks the Bungalow Bend at Snaefell and the 26th Milestone area of the TT course was named "Joey's". By the conclusion of lap four, Dunlop was six seconds ahead and the County Antrim man ran out a comfortable winner after his rival parked up his Yamaha R1 at Ballig Bridge with a clutch problem. Tragically, the euphoria surrounding his hugely successful TT was to turn to tragedy a month later as Joey lost his life in a racing accident at Tallinn, Estonia, on 2 July. The bend at 26th milestone on the Isle Of Man was named in his honour. But he spent the winter prior to what turned out to be his final TT getting himself into peak physical condition for another shot at Superbike glory. A scrappy second half goal is enough for Crusaders to see off north Belfast rivals Cliftonville with a 1-0 win at Seaview on Friday night. "We are obviously very proud of what he achieved and appreciate that people remember him so fondly but to us as family the racing doesn't really mean anything to us - for us first and foremost he was a husband and a father. The vessel had departed from Strangford, County Down with Dunlop, other riders, racebikes and equipment aboard.

I was preparing for it to come down to a hard last lap but so was Jefferies I think. Northern Ireland band Therapy? "My dad always wanted the family there every year, especially during race week. Northern Ireland television carried live coverage of his funeral. Joey Dunlop remains the most successful rider in Isle of Man TT history with 26 race wins. [7][8], On 30 January 2015, Dunlop was voted Northern Ireland's greatest sports star by readers of the Belfast Telegraph newspaper. Fifty thousand mourners, including bikers from all parts of Britain and Ireland and people from all backgrounds in Northern Ireland, attended the funeral procession to Garryduff Presbyterian church and his burial in the adjoining graveyard. This iconic stature, coupled to Dunlop's somewhat shy and unassuming persona, has led to him being seen as a true working class hero. We send our deepest condolences to his grieving wife Linda, his children, brother Robert and other members of his family circle. Twenty years on, Joey's son Gary, who was 17 years old at the time, reflected that his dad "had been waiting for that win for a very, very long time". On the 20th anniversary of Joey Dunlop's death we remember his last great successes - a TT treble in 2000 - and reflect on his legacy. "In particular, his recent string of successes in the Isle of Man TT gave us all something to be proud of. Gary Dunlop: "Every win was special but he took it really seriously that year.
[3]Dunlop has featured in documentary films regarding his career: V Four Victory (1983), Joey – The Man Who Conquered the TT (2013)[4] and Road (2014). Highly superstitious, he always wore a red T-shirt and a yellow crash helmet.

He reeled off six successive Formula One class triumphs on the Isle of Man between 1983 and 1988 and his five Formula One world titles also came in consecutive years - 1982 to 1986. Three of the bikes formerly ridden by Joey - his RC45 Honda, RC30 Honda and 250cc machine are on display in the family's pub, 'Joey's Bar' in Ballymoney, while his 125cc has taken up residence in Gary's bedroom. The first of his three TT hat-tricks came in 1985, followed by another in 1988 - but we had to wait another 12 years until the final incredible treble of his career at the age of 48 in 2000. "He had got a bit annoyed that day - any time people questioned him was when the real determined racing man would come out in him. Dunlop was was leading on the second lap when he crashed his 125cc bike on the 6.2-mile public roads circuit. In 1986, he won a fifth consecutive TT Formula One world title; initially based on one race at the Isle of Man TT after the loss of World Championship status from 1977-onwards and organised by the Auto-Cycle Union, the title was eventually expanded to take in more rounds in other countries.[2]. Joey Dunlop ranks among the greatest and most iconic sportsmen Northern Ireland has ever produced - and also among the most loved and fondly remembered. [6], After Dunlop's death, the Joey Dunlop Foundation was initiated, a charity that provides appropriate accommodation for disabled visitors to the Isle of Man. Five times World TT champion and Ulsterman, Joey Dunlop 48 was killed today while competing in a road race meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. The outpouring of grief which followed the passing of one of NI's all-time favourite sporting sons was reflected in the fact that 50,000 mourners lined the route from his home to Garryduff Presbyterian Church - with many, many more watching the funeral live on television. [13], Dunlop was apolitical and anti-sectarian.

, who was 17 years old at the time, reflected that his dad "had been waiting for that win for a very, very long time". He appeared to lose control of his bike in the wet conditions and was killed instantly on impact with trees. To win a F1 TT like that at his age was unbelievable.". Fifty thousand mourners, including bikers from all parts o… [14], (Dunlop had 30 points accumulated and was lying 3rd in the championship up until the TT races, however he stopped competing in the championship and still managed to finish 13th in the final championship table. "Everyone in Northern Ireland, not just fans of motor sport, has followed Joey's glittering career with tremendous pride and satisfaction. Dunlop died in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2000 while leading a 125cc race (he had already won the 750cc and 600cc events) on Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa Circuit. He put so much effort into getting himself into good shape and that win meant so much to him and to all of us.". "Five times world champion, Joey was a brilliant sportsman, a true man of the people and a wonderful ambassador for Northern Ireland. Quietly spoken but fiercely determined on the track, 'Joey', as he was simply known, is also revered for his solo mercy trips - he drove a van loaded with clothing and food supplies to orphanages in Romania, Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Watch Joey Dunlop on-board lap of the TT course in 1996, Joey Dunlop montage on 20th anniversary of his death, Your Top 10 TT riders of the last 30 years revealed, Voted Northern Ireland's Greatest Ever Sports Star in a. in 2015, Dunlop chalked up the first of his record tally of TT wins in the 1977 Jubilee Classic event, with his subsequent victories coming in the 125cc, 250cc, Formula One and Senior races. When Joey Dunlop died on Sunday 2 July 2000 at an obscure road race meeting in the pine forests on Estonia’s Baltic coast, it was a multi-dimensional tragedy. It was hard work but I stuck the pace better than I expected.". In addition, the Windmill section of the Dundrod course which hosts the Ulster Grand Prix, was re-named Joey's Windmill in recognition of his record 48 wins over the circuit. The Northern Irishman assumed the early lead and although Jefferies began making inroads, Joey enjoyed the most marginal advantage at the end of their second circuit - just half a second. He was awarded the MBE in 1986 for his services to the sport, and in 1996 he was awarded the OBE for his humanitarian work for children in Romanian orphanages, to which he had delivered clothing and food. A memorial stone was installed at the crash site in Tallinn as well. Dunlop's name is amongst the most revered by fans of motorcycle racing. As a mark of respect, the Estonian government's official website was replaced with a tribute to Dunlop within hours of his death. Last updated on 2 July 20202 July 2020.From the section Northern Ireland. It was like a family holiday and we all grew to love the place, not just the racing" he added. [1], Dunlop died in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2000 while leading a 125cc race (he had already won the 750cc and 600cc events) on Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa Circuit. He appeared to lose control of his bike in the wet conditions and was killed instantly on impact with trees. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times. [citation needed][1][failed verification] His achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won a record 26 races in total.

Having dominated the 'big bike' races for several years, Joey became more noted for his wins in the smaller capacity classes - a win in the 1995 Senior apart - during the 1990s. His triumphs were celebrated by bike fans throughout the world and his death, when it came on 2 July, 2000, was similarly mourned by his legions of followers. He leaves his wife Linda and five children, Julie, Donna, Gary, Richard and Joanne. by Carrie Simpson - motorsport.com Five times World TT champion and Ulsterman, Joey Dunlop 48 was killed today while competing in a road race meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. [12], The most successful overall rider at the annual TT races is awarded the "Joey Dunlop Cup". Gary Dunlop: "My dad absolutely loved the Ulster Grand Prix circuit and some people regard his last win there, when he beat David Jefferies in the second Superbike race in 1999 - as one of his best. A memorial statue was erected in his home town of Ballymoney. Both Catholics and Protestants supported him. Strong currents into Strangford Lough pushed the Tornamona onto St Patrick’s Rock where her rudder broke off in a crevice. William Joseph Dunlop OBE (25 February 1952 – 2 July 2000) was a Northern Irish motorcyclist from Ballymoney.

[citation needed] He won his third hat trick at the Isle Of Man TT in 2000 and set his fastest lap on the course of 123.87 mph in the Senior race, which he finished third. "It will be hard to find his like again. "Many people had written him off as a big bike winner before 2000 but he still had all that talent and knowledge. "I had huge respect for Joey right from I was a kid - he was the undisputed 'King of the Roads' after all - and when I found myself on the same grid as him and finally beat him I hardly knew whether to be pleased or not as he was my hero, my idol growing up. Read about our approach to external linking. "My dad absolutely loved the Ulster Grand Prix circuit and some people regard his last win there, when he beat David Jefferies in the second Superbike race in 1999 - as one of his best. Mr Dunlop was awarded the MBE for his motorcyling exploits and the OBE for charity works, incuding his visits to war-torn Bosnia to hand out food packages. In 2016 he was voted through Motorcycle News as the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever, behind Valentino Rossi.

He put so much effort into getting himself into good shape and that win meant so much to him and to all of us.". [5] In 1996, he received an OBE for his humanitarian work. "Every win was special but he took it really seriously that year. He married on 22 September 1972 at Ballymoney register office. says the road racing legend was "virtually unbeatable when he put his head down and was determined to win". ), "Joey and Robert Dunlop: kings of the road – North West 200, Motorsport", Joey’s Last World Title – 30th anniversary special, "Joey Dunlop (1952–2000): Motorcycle racing champion; humanitarian aid worker", "Joey Dunlop voted as Northern Ireland's Greatest Sports Star", "BBC SPORT | NORTHERN IRELAND | Dunlop and Best are honoured", "NORTHERN IRELAND | 'King' Dunlop's road to fame", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Joey_Dunlop&oldid=984862075, Officers of the Order of the British Empire, Articles with failed verification from February 2018, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2018, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 15:18.

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