Jack de Bromhead’s funeral takes place later in the day after his tragic death in a pony racing accident.
The 13-year-old, whose father is Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National winner Henry de Bromhead, died on Saturday after falling from a pony while riding at the Glenbeigh Festival in Co Kerry.
His death has caused widespread shock in the Irish racing community.
His funeral service will be held at 12pm at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Butlerstown in Co Waterford, followed by a private cremation.
An official notice was posted online on Sunday afternoon, followed by a heartfelt message from his grieving family.
It read: “On September 3rd we said goodbye to our extraordinary, beautiful 13-year-old son, Jack.
“A unique child who touched all of our lives in the best possible way – he will be a part of our lives forever. Always appreciated, always loved, frozen in time with a beautiful young soul. He was an amazing son who told us every day that he loves us – an overflowing heart of loyalty, empathy, patience, courage, courage and how he made us laugh.
“Not only the perfect, fun, loving son, but also an incredibly loving brother to our beautiful daughters, his twin sister Mia and little sister Georgia. He always stood behind them and was extremely loyal and kind. Our hearts are really broken.
“He made so many friends wherever he went and they also felt his special, unique and loyal touch in their lives. We ask them to celebrate and love him as we know he would have wished.
“Jack has lived so many more years than 13 – filling every moment of his days, always busy, always curious to grasp life and new interests.
“The passion he had for his family and friends extended to all of his hobbies and interests – too many to fit into 13 years and certainly too busy to spend more than a minute more in the classroom than necessary.
“It started with his work on the farm, the tractor, the cattle, the ponies and the horses. By the time he was 10, he was a passionate expert on them all. At 11 he offered his father expert advice and guidance on training horses while developing his father’s passion for all aspects of racing.”
His parents, Heather and Henry, said he recently opened a new school where he made new friends.
“Jack’s friendships were deep and loyal and he valued them very much,” they added.
“Jack, you will always be in our homes, in the hearts of your family and friends. Always present, always treasured with so many memories of your packed, extraordinary life.
“Deeply loved and missed by your parents, Henry and Heather, your sisters Mia and Georgia, your grandparents Andrew, Marian, Harry and Sally, your aunts and uncles, your extended family and friends.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/funeral-for-jockey-jack-de-bromhead-13-to-be-held-today-41968005.html Funeral for jockey Jack de Bromhead (13) will take place today