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Meath Businessman Who Founded Tayto Crisps Has Died

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The businessman began his career as a farmer.

Businessman Ray Coyle, who founded Tayto Park and Tayto crisps, has died.

A spokesperson has confirmed the 70-year-old died peacefully yesterday surrounded by his family.

The Meath businessman began his career as a potato farmer before he set up Largo Foods in 1982, which included brands such as Tayto and Hunky Dory.

In 2010 he opened the Tayto Park theme park and zoo in his home town of Ashbourne in Co Meath.

It was announced in February that Tayto Snacks was ending its sponsorship of Tayto Park and the theme park would have a new name from next year.

Local councillor Conor Tormey recalls the moment Ray told him about his ambitious plans:

 

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