Mourners, including Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, at the funeral of Tayto Park owner Ray Coyle, were told that Mr Coyle who passed away last week, that he was ‘ A man with a strong personality, blessed with leadership and vision and a man who always remembered where he came from and never forgot his community.’

A packed, St Andrews church in Curragha, heard celebrant Fr Kevin Heery recall how as a child Mr Coyle himself oversaw a burial when he interred a pet mouse.

Fr Heery added, ‘ Raymond made a difference to our lives and his vision in creating Tayto Park put Curragha on the map, whereas previously we were known for traffic reports on delays at Kilmoon Cross, or having a dual Gran National winner, Raymond’s efforts and vision ensured people knew we were the home of Ireland’s largest theme park.

‘Raymond was a leader as an entrepreneur, an unstoppable force in the boardroom and sadly his life was much shorter than everyone who knew him would have wanted.’

Mr Coyle’s daughter, Natalya and son Charles read the lessons.

Ray Coyle started Largo Foods and developed brands such as Sam Spudz and Huny Dory crisps before buying the Tayto brand in 2006

Tayto Park launched in 2010 and in 2019, the last pre-Covid year attracted over 600,000 years.

He was buried in Curragha cemetery which is located on the grounds of Tayto Park