Internationally-renowned theatre director Vincent Dowling has died.

He was associated with the Abbey Theatre from 1953 to 1990, working as an actor, director and artistic director.

Mr Dowling led the national theatre on its first tours to Russia and Hong Kong.

His productions of The Playboy of the Western World throughout his career won international acclaim.

Mr Dowling's production of the play for PBS television won an Emmy.

Director of the Abbey Theatre Fiach MacConghail said Dowling was an actor's director.

He said that he would be fondly remembered by many of the greats of Irish acting who worked with him.

He had been living in Massachusetts in the US.

He is survived by his wife Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling, children and grandchildren.