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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Family tells of tragic horse trainer Sue's pride as she became a gran

FORMER horse trainer Sue Doyle, who died following a fatal kick from a horse, enjoyed one of the happiest moments of her life when her first grandchild India was born.

She was pictured at the Christening beside her daughter Tamso who held India in her arms at the ceremony.

The renowned horsewoman, artist, and children's author will be buried on Thursday following a service at St Brigid's Cathedral in Kildare. She will be laid to rest at Ballysax Cemetery at The Curragh, Co Kildare.

She lived at St Edmundsbury in Lucan, Co Dublin, and is survived by her daughters Tamarisk and Izabella.

Ms Doyle (59) received a fatal kick in the stomach from a horse at a friend's farm. She was rushed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin where despite frantic efforts by doctors, she died at 10.10pm on Saturday.

Her daughter, Tamso (33) told the Herald: "She'd had a wonderful day and just watched the Derby with great lifelong friends. She died by horses to which she had devoted much of her life. She gave (my sister) Bella and I a wonderful, colourful childhood full of adventures and had just become the most incredible grandmother to (my daughter) India. Mum was an eclectic, interesting woman, the world will be all the duller without her in it."

Former Trinity student Sue once worked alongside Princess Anne and trained numerous high-profile stakes winners throughout her career.

As a trainer her biggest success came with Bold Jessie, which landed first place the Tattersalls Breeders Stakes in 1990 with a first prize of £281,071 -- the third richest of the year in Ireland. Mrs Doyle's husband Paul, also a horse trainer, died 25 years ago.

Mrs Doyle's friend, horse trainer Jessica Harrington, said: "She was so excited to become a grandmother and had just recently enjoyed a holiday with her daughter and granddaughter."

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