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Tuesday, 11 July, 2000, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Your tributes to Joey Dunlop
Northern Ireland and the sporting world are mourning the loss of motorcycling legend Joey Dunlop, who died after his bike slid off the course in heavy rain in Estonia on Sunday afternoon.
Affectionately known as King of the Road, Dunlop won five world superbike championships between 1980 and 1988. He also won a record 26 times at the Isle of Man TT. He will be remembered not only for his skills on a bike but also for his unassuming nature.
Read your tributes to the great sportsman below.
Less than a month ago I was back home, and sat up late watching videos of Joey again showing his supremacy at the TT. It's hard to believe that such a short time later he's gone. He showed us an unequalled combination of talent, modesty and decency. He was known world-wide but from just up the road. He showed the world a too rare view of a side of Northern Ireland unsullied by politics, and we could do with more like him.
I saw the hat trick at the TT this year and he was as always amazing to watch. I can't believe he is gone. He will never be forgotten.
How can I describe what Joey's life meant to me, to the entire world? Joey Dunlop will always be the most loved sportsman in history.
He achieved incredible success for many years yet never once a scandal, never once a bad report and there was always a smiling Joey. He will never again pit-in, forever now "The King of the Road". May God bless his family, both immediate and his family of friends across the globe.
I was shocked beyond belief when word came to me on Tuesday. I live just a few miles from Joey and have followed him at races and in the media since I was a boy going to the races with my father. Everyone in Northern Ireland will miss him.
A man I never met but watched at every opportunity. I grew up watching Joey ride in the TTs. The news of his death came as a shock, what a void this will leave in the sport.
I've followed Joey for many years now, and he's always been my hero. He'll be sadly missed by us all. The T.T. will never be quite the same without him. Our thoughts go out to his family at this tragic time. God bless the "King of the Road ". Goodbye for now, Joey, you'll never be forgotten.
I hope you pass into Heaven as fast as you passed the winning line on Earth, hope to have a beer with you one day TTFN
To Joey, for showing us how it should be done. May you rest in peace.
The F1 TT Trophy should be re-named the Joey Dunlop Trophy
I was deeply moved while watching the funeral service today.Although I have no interest in motor cycle racing, I am sad that someone who so obviously presented the real face of Northern Ireland, has passed away so tragically. Joey did so much for us all, possibly without even realising it. He will be greatly missed and I would like to pay tribute to the courage of his wife and family during these difficult days. Hopefully they will gain strength from the thoughts and prayers of so many people around the world.
After hearing of Joey Dunlop's legendary skill for many years, I flew to the Ulster Grand Prix in1995 to witness it for myself and marvel at the talent of this man. Yet, I met him in the pits afterwards and he was as willing to say hello and chat as any decent mate, he poured me a pint at his pub that evening and toasted the day with all. He was a regular guy, a great competitor, and the finest kind of human being. His life stands as an example to all of us.
A tear came to my eye when I heard of Joey's death.
Not only did I have the privilege of shaking the hand of "yer maun" in March of this year, but also saw him in his last Isle of Man T.T. race in June. "Yer maun" may have gone, but the legend will live on for ever, long live Joey.
It was was my privilige to see your first TT win many years ago. I was also in the IOM this TT to also see you win. Goodbye king Joey. the world will miss your racing, and humanitarian work.
What a tragedy but I have been heartened by the great response to Joey Dunlops death.The description of him as a great Ulsterman has been fascinating and one of the only occasions when I remember it being used in such an apolitical and fitting sense
Sincerest condolences to Joey's family. You will be missed by many
A supreme road racer to the end but above a modest, kind and good human being.
I'm shocked and greatly saddened to hear of the loss of not only one of the greatest motorcyclists but of a "real" person who shaped my and other fans lives by the way he lived his. He will be greatly missed.
My most outstanding memory of Joey was at the 1995 TT races, in the beer tent after he had won the big race. I was looking for an autograph, and I remember how stunned I was to see my hero, Joey Dunlop, sitting there with a pint in one hand, a cigarette and a pen in the other and a baby on his lap, signing autographs! He was a great man. He always had time for his supporters, yet, he was an ordinary man, thats why he was so popular. Rest in peace Joey
Thanks for the memories, Joey. A great rider, a great man. Northern Ireland will miss you badly.
I'm very sad and shocked to hear about the death of tough racer and
gentleman, Joey Dunlop.
Motorcycle racing and especially the TT will never be the same again.
My biggest sympathy and thoughts go to Joey's wife, children, family and friends.
Joey, you will never be forgotten.
As a regular visitor to Ulster, I can understand just what Joey meant to the people. In all my years of motorcycling, I have never seen so many non-bikers into this sport. I do not think the world will see his like again. Please raise a glass to a very great man indeed.
Ivan Haynes, England
Many years ago, when I first visited the Isle of Man, the name Joey Dunlop was the only one I could remember when I got back home. Since that time, I have followed his career with interest and admiration. A print of Joey has hung on my wall for many years and will continue to do so for many, many more. I feel honoured and privileged to have seen him race. All my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, children, family and friends. I also hope knowing that so many people from all around the world loved and admired Joey so much, provides some little comfort at this very sad time.
Condolences to the Dunlop family. Joey will be sadly missed by all his fans both in N.I. and overseas. A great sportsman.
I grew up with motorcycle racing as a spectator and as a racer. The world of racing has lost a great ambassador and he will be sadly missed. My sympathy goes out to his family. Let us remember him for many, many years to come
Road racing will never be the same again.
We miss you a lot.
Few people from here can make people who are watching a GAA Football semi-final or standing at Drumcee Hill, stop and have a moment of silence, but you were one them. God rest your soul, Joey.
Paula Williams, Ireland
I couldn't believe it on Sunday and I can't believe it now. I have been privileged in life to have watched Joey race and it will not be the same without him. He was an outstanding gentleman. I had my baby in my arms when I learnt the devastating news. I look forward to the day he is old enough to know the story of Joey Dunlop.
God bless you Joey. God bless your family.
On behalf of the SNIce Riders Motorcycle Club in Germany, I would like to say how sad we are to hear of the death of "Yer Maun". Joey will be missed, especially on the Isle of Man, by all who saw the mastery as that yellow helmet flashed past. Gone, but not forgotten, is a quiet, unassuming man, who raced real roads. Condolences to wife and family at the pub.
23 years ago, sitting on my granddad's knee, I saw Joey racing for the first time and have been a fan ever since.
A hero to all, a legend and a gentleman, I'll never forget you.
The King of the Road forever!
My deep condolences to the Dunlop family.
Joey Dunlop was one of my racing heroes and made me a fan of the Isle of Man TT races.
Rest in Peace and God's blessing for your family.
Willie McGreeghan, Holland (from N. Ireland)
Joey was a true sporting gentleman and a living legend. Motorcycle sport has been enriched by his presence and his spirit will live with us forever.
On Sunday my father was in the commentary box of an important county Gaelic football match, played at Casement Park in west Belfast. When the news was announced (over the PA system) that Joey had died, there was a gasp from the 25 thousand strong crowd. My father tells me the announcer said it was the first time he had ever heard such a reaction to such news in Casement. Another indication of the impact this man had on the people of his native Northern Ireland.
A true champion and a voice for the ordinary working man in N. Ireland and throughout the world. He will be sadly missed, but our memories will always remain of the feats this man achieved.
To never see that yellow helmet streak past me will rest heavy on my heart. I'll miss you, Joey.
We have lost a great talent who was only recognised by the motorcycling press and not given the coverage he rightly deserved.
My simpathies to Joey's family and friends.
Sadly missed but never forgotten.
God bless you, Joey. You are the greatest. Rest in peace.
Joey will always be 'KING OF THE ROAD'. May God bless his all his family and friends at this very sad time.
I grew up watching Joey race and I'm gutted to hear of his death. An unassuming man who was a model for anyone on how to live their life. My sympathies go out to his wife, children and family.
God's speed Joey - you'll always be King of the Road.
Gavin Pearson, USA
What a great guy! The world needs more Joey Dunlop's. It is sad there is only one...
Charles Flaherty, USA
My deepest sympathy to the Dunlop family. Joey was undoubtedly the best at his sport and he will be sadly missed. Joey you are gone, but you will never be forgotten.
My memories of the early eighties and bike racing are forever associated with the name of Joey Dunlop. His cheeky face and down to earth manner will remain in the memories of many for a long time to come. All our thoughts go to his wife and children. Stay strong.
Phil Swann, England
Gutted. Absolutely gutted. A loss to everyone in NI.
Joey will never be forgotten by the people of Northern Ireland. He was truly one in a million. Through his humbleness, even though a 5 times world champion and his compassion for others Joey has more than earned his place in our hearts forever. He will be sadly missed by many. Joey was not only a world champion, but Champion of the World.
The world has lost a true sportsman and a gentleman.
My deepest condolences to Joey's family, he was a great man who touched everyone's heart. The "King of the Road" will be greatly missed.
Joey was a true sportsman and gentleman. He will be missed by all. The true "King of the Road" will live on in everyone's memories.
Apart from being supremely skilled in the art of motorcycle road racing, Joey was fearless in the face of danger, and his sportsmanship and modesty are a model for anyone to learn from. You'll not be forgotten Joey - God's speed.
Joey was a terrific role model for kids, and proof there was more to NI than marches and riots. I'm sure he's showing the angels how to get their knees down.
Kerry Kennedy, Northern Ireland
Rest in peace Joey, you will be sadly missed by all your fans.
Childhood hero - so many good memories. Rest in peace, Joey.
You will be missed in the hearts of many.
Ian Thomas, England
Sincerest condolences to Joey's family. He truly was the "King of the Roads".
Joey was peerless both on the road and off it. He is the only sportsman I can think of who was genuinely liked by EVERYBODY both on and off the track.
He gave, and brought, so much to the sport of road racing, to the people of Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and to the countless people he helped through his charity work.
He may be gone but his legend will live long in the memory. I, for one, know the TT will never be the same again!
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