Southern 100: Northern Ireland marshal Liam Clarke killed in 2023 incident honoured as marshals' facility renamed in his memory

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The family of a Northern Ireland man who was tragically killed in his role as a race marshal following an incident at last year’s Southern 100 on the Isle of Man have attended a ceremony held in his honour.

On Monday, the Marshals Caravan at the event’s Club Headquarters was renamed ‘The Liam Clarke Centre’.

The 66-year-old, who was originally from Londonderry but had moved to Wigan, lost his life along with Republic of Ireland racer Alan Connor (50) in the incident on the second day of the meeting in 2023.

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A second rider and a spectator were also injured in the incident and the event was abandoned following the tragedy.

A marshals' facility at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man has been renamed 'The Liam Clarke Centre' in memory of the 66-year-old originally from Londonderry who died following an incident during a qualifying session in 2023. The naming ceremony was attended by Mr Clarke's wife Mandy and daughters Tina and Sabrina. Picture: Mark FalconerA marshals' facility at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man has been renamed 'The Liam Clarke Centre' in memory of the 66-year-old originally from Londonderry who died following an incident during a qualifying session in 2023. The naming ceremony was attended by Mr Clarke's wife Mandy and daughters Tina and Sabrina. Picture: Mark Falconer
A marshals' facility at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man has been renamed 'The Liam Clarke Centre' in memory of the 66-year-old originally from Londonderry who died following an incident during a qualifying session in 2023. The naming ceremony was attended by Mr Clarke's wife Mandy and daughters Tina and Sabrina. Picture: Mark Falconer

Mr Clarke’s wife Mandy and daughters Sabrina and Tina were welcomed by Club Chaplain and Welfare Officer Rev. John Coldwell before the facility was renamed.

Rev. Coldwell said: “Renaming the Marshals Unit was an apt tribute to a well-loved and liked marshal, who was happiest when with his fellow Orange Army colleagues.”

His daughter Sabrina added: “He would be buzzing at the thought he would be remembered in such a way; he liked his motorbikes, his road racing, the camaraderie of marshalling and a beer.

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“The Southern 100 family is really a family in every sense of the word.”

Following the incident, new safety fencing was put in place for this year’s meeting on the Castletown Bypass, where the start and finish line is located.

The organisers said this was ‘to allow spectators to continue to watch along the start & finish’.

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