The voice of Irish Motorsport has sadly passed away.

Doughie Hughes, a real authoirty of motorsport in Ireland, had died at the age of 84,

For over 60 years he was a familiar figue at rally events all over Ireland - including Donegal.

"I enjoyed every minute of it," he declared on several occasions.

Dougie was often seen before, during and after stages and enjoyed the banter with the drivers, especially on the podium.

His clear love for the sport was clear for all to see.

The video below shows Dougie in full flow as he connected with rally fans while on the famous Glen stage of the Donegal International Rally back in 2006.

This short video, from 2010, shows him celebrating is 77th birthday.

A Dougie Hughes Appreciation Page was set up on facebook on Saturday, and had numerous postings within hours.

https://www.facebook.com/Dougie-Hughes-Appreciation-Page-481031595499/

Many tributes have been paid to a man who has been described widely as being a "legend" and "a gentleman."

Main picture: Dougie Hughes with Manus Kelly, the 2017 Donegal International Rally winner. This pictured was posted by another Donegal rally driver, Donagh Kelly, last year.

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 074 9112712. Between 5pm and midnight please call or text 086 792 2103. Or you can email [email protected] at any time.