Sunday, 2 June 2013

Dunlop Memorial Gardens

Joey's Bar, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

Ballymoney is a small town in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland known amongst motorcyclists mostly for being the hometown of Joey Dunlop and family, and visitors to the Northwest 200 races invariably make their way there to stop off at Joey’s Bar and pay a visit to the memorial gardens nearby.

I’ve posted some photos of the Joey Dunlop garden before here. At the time that was the extent of the gardens. When I visited this year I found that they had extended the gardens and added an area for Joey’s younger brother Robert Dunlop who also died after a crash whilst racing.

It is laid out as two separate gardens with the path between the two running under an arched laurel wreath. Both gardens have a statue and details of their various race victories.

It’s a quiet spot dedicated to two extraordinary talents sadly no longer with us.

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