Joey and Robert Dunlop Memorial Gardens
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Joey Dunlop, born in Ballymoney in 1952, was affectionately known to motorcycle racing fans and ...
Joey Dunlop, born in Ballymoney in 1952, was affectionately known to motorcycle racing fans and competitors alike as, 'King of the Roads' and 'Yer Maun.' Through his courage and ambition he became one of the most successful riders of all time.
His incredible sporting career included five Formula One World Championships; 13 wins at the North West 200; 24 wins at the Ulster Grand Prix and a world record of 26 wins at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. His sporting achievements were recognised by Her Majesty the Queen when he was awarded an MBE in 1986. Ten years later he was presented with an OBE for his remarkable humanitarian work with children in Eastern Europe.
Tragically Joey lost his life whilst racing in Estonia on 2nd July 2000. It is estimated that 60,000 people from across the world came to Ballymoney to attend his funeral.
In May 2001 Ballymoney Borough Council officially opened the Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden and is adjoined to neighbouring garden which honours Robert.
In this beautiful setting visitors have time to reflect on the unprecedented achievements of this much loved international motorcycling legend.