A POIGNANT tribute to motorbike racing star William Dunlop is to be erected in his dad Robert Dunlop’s Memorial Garden.
A motion was passed at a council meeting tonight to put up a tablet in memory of William who was tragically killed at a race event in Skerries last year.
The motion read: ‘That a memorial tablet, in memory of William Dunlop, be placed within his father, Robert Dunlop’s Memorial Garden in Ballymoney”.
The motion at a meeting of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council was proposed by Alderman John Finlay and seconded by Councillor John McAuley.
Alderman Finlay said: “The Dunlop family have contributed much to Ballymoney and the Borough.
“William died tragically in July 2018 doing what he loved. Racing was in his blood, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle Joey Dunlop.
“I believe that it would be a fitting tribute to erect a tablet in his honour in the Robert Dunlop Memorial Garden and I am requesting that Council undertake this in memory of William and his contribution to motorbike racing in Northern Ireland.”
Cllr McAuley said: “I was delighted and privileged to second this motion and look forward to William’s achievements being recognised by the Borough.
“William was not only a sporting superstar but one of life’s great people in general who will never be forgotten.
“Further details of the design/plans of the memorial will be agreed by Ballymoney councillors and myself along with council officers and more importantly William’s family, who were contacted and agreed to this proposal before we proceeded to Council with it.”