Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Security Officer Willie Buckley who was taken ill at Dundalk Racecourse on Friday evening has sadly passed away,
IHRB Chief Executive Denis Egan issued a statement this morning: "It is with deep regret and profound sadness that the IHRB can confirm the passing of our esteemed colleague Willie Buckley.
"Willie was a valued member of the IHRB Security Team for 11 years and was on duty at Dundalk Racecourse last evening when taken ill.
"The IHRB offer sincere condolences to Willie's partner Kathleen, son Tony, daughter Sinead and their families, friends and colleagues at this time."
Buckley’s brother, Seamus, was clerk of the course at Goodwood for over 20 years before his retirement in 2017, while nephew Kevin Buckley is Coolmore’s UK representative.
May he rest in peace.