Dedicated, knowledgeable and selfless volunteers are not born every day. When such a person dies it leaves a difficult gap to fill in the cohort of people who annually organise and officiate at shows and events around the country.

Mary Quinn of Ennis was such a person. News of her passing last week was a double cause of regret; not only for what she so willingly did for the sport but also for the gentle manner in which she did it.