Jennifer Guinness, who was kidnapped and held captive by an armed gang for eight days in 1986, has died following an illness.

She was abducted by masked gunmen from her home in Howth in April 1986, and held at ransom in various locations, before being rescued by gardaí following a stand-off at a house in Ballsbridge.

Ms Guinness' death was announced by Howth Yacht Club. 

She was predeceased by her husband, John - a banker and member of the Guinness brewing family and is survived by three children.