George Mernagh, the managing director of Tattersalls Ireland and former jump jockey, has died aged 56.

Mr Mernagh, from Castledockrell, Co Wexford, joined Tattersalls Ireland in 1989 and was appointed to the board in 1999, before becoming manager director in 2007.

He was stable jockey to John Webber for five years and had wins including Knock Hill in the 1988 Midlands National.

He was also a senior judge of hunters and fundamental in the creation of Tattersalls International Horse Trials, Ireland’s premier three-day-event.

Mr Mernagh died on Friday 22 July, from cancer. The offices of Tattersalls Ireland will be closed today (Monday 25 July) for his funeral in Castledockrell.