Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley and Sports Minister Edwin Poots
were among mourners at the funeral of motorcycling legend Robert
Dunlop last weekend.
Councillor Tinsley, who is the Chairman of
the Ulster Grand Prix Working Group, and Councillor Poots,
joined more than 5,000 people were they represented Lisburn City
Council at the 47-year-old's funeral.
Speaking after the funeral, the Mayor
expressed his sadness at the death of the Ballymoney rider:
"Robert was a regular competitor in the Ulster Grand Prix, with
nine wins at Dundrod over the years. He brought so much to the
sport and to the Ulster Grand Prix and his death is a sad loss
for Lisburn and for Northern Ireland.
Our prayers and thoughts remain with his wife
and his family at this deeply tragic time."
The funeral took place on Sunday at Garryduff
Presbyterian Church near Ballymoney, after the racer was killed
in a highspeed crash during a practice lap for the 250cc race at
the North West 200 on Thursday.
His son, Michael, went on to win the race on
Saturday, dedicating his victory to his father.
Dunlop made his debut on the Northern Ireland
roads as a teenager in 1979 and went on to claim his first major
win in the Isle of Man in 1983 when he won the Newcomers 350cc
race at the Manx Grand Prix.
Mr Dunlop is also survived by his wife Louise
and other sons William and Daniel.
Lisburn City Council has opened a book of
condolence, which is available at the Council's headquarters at
Lagan Valley Island, the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum,
and Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.