herald

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Racing PR boss's mum is killed after kick from horse

RACING PR queen Tamso Doyle has been left devastated after her mother was kicked to death by a horse.

Former trainer Sue Doyle (59) died on Derby day, after she received a fatal kick in the stomach from the thoroughbred at a friend’s farm.The former horse trainer, artist and children’s author had just watched the epic Investec Derby with friends before the accident occured. She was rushed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin where despite frantic efforts by doctors, her heart stopped at 10.10pm on Saturday.

Her daughter, Tamso (33), told the Herald today of her devastation, but she took comfort in the fact her mother had spent her last moments doing what she loved best. “We're so shocked and saddened by our mother’s untimely death,” said Tamso. “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.”

The widowed mother of Tamso and Izabella (26) had been enjoying an evening with friends watching the thrilling Epsom Derby before the tragic turn of events. But she will be remembered by those who loved her as a bubbly character with boundless energy and a passion for equine sports. ICON A Horse Racing Ireland PR representative, whose family was heavily involved in the industry, Tamso added that her mother was a fashion icon who was “famed for her sense of style.” “She was a very spectacular human being and a very colourful individual who was a largerthan- life character,” Tamso said. Sue Leonora Doyle became a grandmother for the first time when her eldest daughter Tamso and her husband David Cox welcomed a little girl, India, into the world in January of this year. “She was an incredibly loving mother and she absolutely doted over India and got great fun out of being a grandmother,”

Tamso added. Former Trinity student Sue once worked alongside Princess Anne and trained numerous high-profile stakes winners throughout her career. Her family said that the grandmother, who originally came from The Curragh in Kildare, was now “at peace with her beloved Paul”. Full funeral arrangements will be in tomorrow's press and an early death notice said that she would be sadly missed by her loving daughters, her inlaws, relatives and “many true friends”. Trainer Jessica Harrington paid her own tribute to the horse-training professional. “She was a great friend and this is just one of those awful accidents that could have happened to anyone,” she said. hnews@herald.ie

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