Businessman Ray Coyle, who set up snack company Largo Foods and the Tayto Park theme park in Co Meath, has died.

He was 70 years old.

A spokesperson confirmed Mr Coyle passed away peacefully yesterday surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Roz, his son Charles, who manages Tayto Park, and his daughter Natalya, who has represented Ireland at the Olympic Games.

Mr Coyle set up snack company Largo Foods in 1982, which grew to include brands such as Tayto, Hunky Dory and King crisps.

But he later sold a 15% stake in the business that owned the Tayto brand to German firm Intersnack in 2007 and his remaining 25% stake in 2015, before stepping away from that business completely in late 2016.

In 2019, Largo Foods changed its name to Tayto Snacks.

Tayto Park first opened in November 2010 and carried the famous crisp brand name due to Mr Coyle's association with it.

It has had over 5m visitors since it first opened its gates and has grown into one of Ireland's most popular paid visitor attractions.

It includes theme park style rides, as well as a zoo.

In November, the park said it was planning to change its name after Tayto’s existing title sponsorship ends at the end of this year.