Irish equestrian stalwart John Jude Doyle dies

John Jude Doyle
John Jude Doyle

Horse Sport Ireland has reported the death of John Jude Doyle, one of its founding directors.

Doyle was also a member of Horse Sport Ireland Breeding Sub Board and had been a Director of the Irish Horse Board since its inception in 1993.

Doyle, from Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, was born in Carlow in 1940 and was married to Ann (née Doherty). They have five children.

He was involved in all aspects of the horse sector. He was particularly instrumental in the interschools programme in Ireland. Doyle was also South East Radio’s equestrian correspondent and had been an equestrian journalist for many magazines.

With his wife, Ann, he was a successful Irish Draught breeder. His daughter, Lillian, was five times National Ladies Champion point-to-point rider and later became a successful trainer.

They were also the proprietors of the Cloch Ban pub in Clonroche for almost 40 years until it was sold on their retirement in 2012. The Cloch Bán had been in the hands of Ann’s family for four generations and it is believed to date back to the 1650s.

John Jude Doyle was also heavily involved in the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the greyhound industry.

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