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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 4 June, 2020

Motorcyclist William Dunlop dies in practice for Dublin race

Dunlop, nephew of motorsport legend Joey, was just 32.

William Dunlop celebrates winningWilliam DunlopSource: Presseye/Brian Little/INPHO

PROFESSIONAL MOTORCYCLIST WILLIAM Dunlop has died following a crash in practice for a race in north Dublin.

Dunlop was the nephew of motorcycling legend Joey and son of Robert, both of whom also died following crashes during a race.

Aged just 32, he had only just returned to the sport after taking a break to be with his pregnant partner.

He had been preparing for the Skerries 100 race when the crash, which occurred on a road which had been closed in advance of the race, happened.

"A man in his 30s has died following a collision shortly after 5pm this evening," a Garda spokesperson said.

Dunlop had been racing since 2006. Tributes have been flowing in for him across social media.

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, organisers of the Skerries 100, confirmed the "tragic accident" in a statement released in the aftermath of the crash.

"The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop's family and friends," a spokesperson said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.

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