Irish rugby is mourning the death of their 1985 Triple Crown-winning coach Mick Doyle.
The 63-year-old, who was killed in a road accident on Tuesday, will be remembered as a true giant of the sport who helped mastermind one of Irish's rugby's finest achievements.
A larger-than-life character, back-row forward Doyle won 20 caps for Ireland between 1965 and 1968, three of them with his younger brother Tommy in the same team, and scored a debut try against France at Lansdowne Road.
He toured South Africa with the 1968 Lions, while a successful club career included spells with Garryowen, Blackrock College, University College Dublin (UCD), Edinburgh Wanderers and Cambridge University.
As a coach, Doyle enjoyed great success with Leinster where he oversaw inter-provincial championship honours five years in succession between 1979 and 1983.
Those triumphs provided an obvious springboard to the national set-up, and he was at the helm of Ireland's 1985 squad which secured Five Nations Championship and Triple Crown glory.
The Triple Crown was clinched against England in Dublin, a tense 13-10 verdict gained through a late Michael Kiernan drop-goal.
Captained by St Mary's College hooker Ciaran Fitzgerald, Ireland won the championship by a point from France, Doyle's heroes included the likes of Donal Lenihan, Willie Anderson, Phil Orr, Brendan Mullin and Hugo McNeill.
Ireland had to endure a 19-year wait for their next Triple Crown, a feat achieved earlier this season in the 2004 RBS 6 Nations by Brian O'Driscoll and company.
Doyle's life off the field, where he later became a newspaper and television rugby pundit, proved just as eventful.
Born in Castleireland, County Kerry, he studied to become a vet, and went on to become a leading expert in the poultry diseases.
He survived a major heart attack in 1987, and then nine years later, was hit by a brain haemorrhage.
Doyle's remarkable fightback from that latter illness inspired his book "Zero Point One Six: Living Extra Time" named after the percentage of people who actually recover from such a condition.
But perhaps one of his favourite sayings, often preached while at his pomp in Irish rugby, summed him up best.
"Give it a lash," was the Doyle mantra, and one which helped endear him to the hearts and minds of so many.
Before Will Greenwood started breaking down moves off the field, he was doing the business on it - and no match better illustrated the type of marauding centre he was than in a virtuoso performance against Wales.