“He lived the dream in many ways” – tributes at today’s funeral for jockey Jack de Bromhead (13).

Jack de Bromhead, the 13-year-old rider who tragically died in an accident at Rossbeigh Beach on Saturday, was “living the dream” and his life “captured the hearts of many”.

ack, son of lead National Hunt trainer Henry and his wife Heather, died after being thrown from his horse during a race on Rossbeigh beach during the Glenbeigh Racing Festival around 5pm on Saturday.

Butlerstown vicar Father Pat Fitzgerald said Jack was a “very talented” young man who had lived a blissful life.

“He was a happy, respectful, friendly, bright young lad who was a pleasure to get to know. He compressed a ton of life into his years and there was a real joie de vivre about him.

“He enjoyed everything that was around him, the family in the house, in the garden and in the community,” he told RTÉs Morning Ireland.

“He lived the dream in many ways, and I think it’s a comfort to his family to know that his life has been one of great fortune.”

Father Fitzgerald said Jack had a “natural and intuitive understanding of horses” and would even “talk wisely to his father about them,” adding, “He spoke like a veteran.”

“It’s amazing how Jack’s life has touched people across the country, his life has captured the hearts of many people and his death has truly touched everyone, even strangers,” he said.

“Since we heard the news on Saturday, a weight of sorrow has weighed on us all and it is a terrible loss.

“The family took us to the heights of jubilation with their great achievements at Cheltenham and Aintree and they lifted us all up in cheers and now we must go with them into the deepest depths of sorrow and go with them and many other people do exactly that, there is great support.

“You show exceptional composure and dignity in the midst of an unimaginable loss.”

Jack’s 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 death has caused widespread shock in the Irish racing community.

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/he-lived-the-dream-in-many-ways-tributes-paid-as-funeral-of-jockey-jack-de-bromhead-13-to-be-held-today-41968005.html “He lived the dream in many ways” – tributes at today’s funeral for jockey Jack de Bromhead (13).

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