Road racing: Superstar Ryan Farquhar honoured by Dungannon Swifts

L-R'Keith Boyd (Dungannon Swifts), Roy Stretton, Ryan Farquhar, Joe McAree (Dungannon Swifts) Liam Beckett, Ian Moore (Dungannon Swifts)''Ryan Farquhar is presented with a carving in the shape of the Isle of Man, with every one of his race victories inscribed on it.

L-R'Keith Boyd (Dungannon Swifts), Roy Stretton, Ryan Farquhar, Joe McAree (Dungannon Swifts) Liam Beckett, Ian Moore (Dungannon Swifts)''Ryan Farquhar is presented with a carving in the shape of the Isle of Man, with every one of his race victories inscribed on it.

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Two hundred people turned out to acclaim roadrace ace Ryan Farquhar at a well-deserved presentation night organised by Dungannon Swifts.

Farquhar was feted by all in attendance, the massive contribution to his sport marked on Saturday during the event hosted by the football club.

Compered by sports pundit Liam Beckett, it included a 90-minute reflection on an illustrious career courtesy of magnificent action snaps by Stephen Davison, arguably our top motor bikes photographer.

Among those appreciating them were road-racing fans from throughout Ireland, including alltime great rider, Ray McCullough. And former motorcyclist RJ Woolsey provided musical entertainment.

Jointly organised by Swifts committee member Roy Stretton and community relations officer Joe McAree , the former team manager said: “Ryan Farquhar has made a tremendous contribution and helped put the town on the sporting map.

“The Ryan Farquhar Achievement Night was about recognising that contribution.”

Farquhar was presented with a plaque, hand-made from beech wood and crafted into the shape of the Isle of Man, where he enjoyed some of his greatest success. It was made by Heraldic Craft, Dungannon.

“We wanted to present Ryan with something unique, and it is fitting to present a Dungannon gift to a great Dungannon sportsman and ambassador” explained McAree.

“Ryan is one of the biggest stars our town has produced and I am delighted that we are the first organisation to mark his achievements.

“I have to pay tribute to all at Dungannon Swifts, particularly Roy Stretton, who gave up their free time to make the night such a success. It shows how much people in Dungannon think of Ryan Farquhar.”

“Ryan has been involved in road-racing for 20-plus years and it is only right that his immense contribution to sport is recorded” added Stretton.

The plaque includes all 300-plus wins by Farquhar, most decorated rider in Irish road-racing history, with 199 wins on Irish roads at international and national level.

In total he recorded an astonishing 337 wins on all tracks.

He has four Isle of Man TT wins to his name, the last of which came in the Supertwins class in June 2012.

Farquhar retired from the riding aspect of road-racing last September following the tragic death of his uncle, at the Manx Grand Prix.

But he is still actively involved as boss of his road race team,