Thousands turn out to say goodbye, as road-race legend is buried next to brother Joey
ULSTER RACING legend Robert Dunlop was described as both a "hero" and an " inspiration" at his funeral, which took place yesterday.
Thousands of mourners turned out to say farwell to one of the province's most successful sportsmen, was laid to rest at Garryduff Presbyterian Church, on the outskirts of Ballymoney.
Friends and family filed into the rural church while thousands of fans assembled outside to listen to the service via loudspeakers.
Rev John Gilkinson thanked those who had travelled to the town to pay their respects adding that their support had given great comfort to the Dunlop family.
First Minister Ian Paisley described the occasion as "a sad day" adding that he was there to witness the burial of a friend.
He said: "My sympathies go out to the family, everybody has been touched by this. He had a way of stealing into your heart. You couldn't have forgotten him and what we are saying today is we won't forget him."
Robert's coffin was carried through the gates by his four sisters and then sons Michael, William and Daniel. He was buried beside his brother Joey who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Estonia in 2000.
This is a sad time for us all, he is 1 of a kind. Robert will be missed at all the meeting's, if his son's are half as good as him then we will be seeing the DUNLOP's name up on the winning board again.
Posted: 20/05/2008 at 19:24
Posted: 20/05/2008 at 20:24
god bless to one of the greats of road racing
rip robert you will be missed but not forgotten
Posted: 20/05/2008 at 20:29
He made my day while testing on track with him a few weeks ago i felt so Honoured & privaleged to be there on the same track as an Icon like Robert . Then Thursday Came & ITS left a shock through Ireland North& South ,He will never be Forgoten .Not many could ever hope to achieve the level of respect that people had for him.
Posted: 20/05/2008 at 23:58
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