Thousands attend funeral for William Dunlop

Thousands attend funeral for William Dunlop

Thousands of mourners have gathered in County Antrim for the funeral of road racer William Dunlop.

The Ballymoney rider died after a crash during practice at a race meeting in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

A service is being held at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near the 32-year-old’s hometown of Ballymoney.

William’s death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey Dunlop was killed in a crash in 2000.

Family, friends and road racing fans are among those at the service on Wednesday.

It is being led by Rev John Kirkpatrick, who also led the funeral services at the same church of William’s father and uncle Joey.

After the service of thanksgiving, William will be buried alongside his father in the church’s adjoining cemetery.

William was one of the sport’s most successful riders, achieving 108 Irish National Road Race wins during a distinguished career.

He sat out last month’s Isle of Man TT to be with his pregnant partner Janine after concerns about a 20-week scan.

The situation improved and the couple were looking forward to the birth of their second child.

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