Taoiseach leads tributes to Mick Doyle

Tuesday 11 May 2004 22.04
Mick Doyle - Killed in Tyrone road accident
Mick Doyle - Killed in Tyrone road accident

The Taoiseach has led tributes to Mick Doyle, the former Irish international rugby coach and player, who was killed in a road accident today.

Mr Doyle was in a car which collided with a lorry on the main Omagh to Dungannon road in Co Tyrone this morning. The driver of the lorry was slightly injured. 

Bertie Ahern said Mr Doyle is associated with some of the finest moments in modern Irish rugby. He added: 'On and off the sporting field he was a leader and one of life's natural enthusiasts.'

Mr Doyle was at the helm when Ireland won the Triple Crown and the Five Nations Championship in 1985. He won 20 caps as a flanker for Ireland between 1965 and 1968.

The 63-year-old toured South Africa with the Lions in 1968.

He also coached Leinster to Interprovincial Championship glory from 1979 to 1983.