Jonjo O’Neill and Ronan O’Gara lead poignant tributes following the death of Henry de Bromhead’s son Jack

Legendary trainer Jonjo O’Neill was among those paying tribute to De Bromhead’s son Jack following his tragic death.

The racing community mourned Sunday after the death of Jack, the 13-year-old son of two-time Gold Cup winner Henry de Bromhead, in a pony racing accident on Saturday.

The teenager was fatally injured in an incident in race five on day one of the Glenbeigh Festival.

Gardai and emergency services were called to the scene of the crime on Rossbeigh beach around 5.20pm where the young driver was treated but was later pronounced dead. The event was canceled immediately.

“Absolutely tragic news about Jack De Bromhead. My heart breaks for his family. There are simply no words.

“We send all our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends,” Jonjo said on Twitter.

Ronan O’Gara offered his condolences to the De Bromhead family on the death of Jack, adding: “It’s heartbreaking.”

“Thoughts and prayers from the de Bromhead family. A 13 year old boy doing what he loved. The poor family. Heart hurts,” Ronan said.

Jack was from Waterford and Cllr Cristíona Kiely said there has been “devastation” in the county since news of Jack’s death broke.

“Waterford has been devastated since the terribly sad news broke about young Jack de Bromhead.

“My thoughts and tears are with his poor mother, father and sisters at their unimaginable loss. Also to his extended family, his racing family, his young friends and his community,” said Cllr Kiely.

Former Limerick hurler and Sunday Game pundit Shane Dowling described Jack’s death as “just heartbreaking. What can anyone say?”.

Racing expert and broadcaster Kevin Blake said, “There are no words” to describe Jack’s tragic death: “What a devastating tragedy. R.I.P. Jack De Bromhead”.

Suzanne Eade, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, offered her condolences to the De Bromhead family.

She said: “Like everyone in the horse racing and pony racing community, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his parents Henry and Heather, his sisters Mia and Georgia and extended family on the tragic loss of their beloved Jack.

“Jack was only 13 but he was already incredibly popular in the racing community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, his fellow pony racers and everyone he touched today during this deafening, devastating tragedy.

“Horse Racing Ireland’s Equipment Department will be available to help advise colleagues and friends of Jack’s Pony Racing through the Industry Assistance Scheme. Rest in peace.”

A spokesman on behalf of the CEO of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, Darragh O’Loughlin, said: “The Directors and staff of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board extend their deepest condolences to the De Bromhead family for the tragic loss of Jack yesterday. Rest in peace.”

The British Horseracing Authority tweeted: “The BHA sends its deepest condolences to the family of Henry de Bromhead following the tragic death of his son Jack.”

Pony Racing Ireland tweeted: “We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jack de Bromhead who tragically passed away in Glenbeigh on Saturday.

“It is impossible to put into words the sorrow and loss felt by all involved, so please give them time to grieve. RIP Jack.”

A pony race was held in front of the show in York on Sunday, with the young riders taking part in a minute’s silence beforehand.

York tweeted: “Following the tragic death of Jack de Bromhead in an accident yesterday in Ireland, the jockeys riding in the @ponyracinggb pony races today observed a minute’s silence as a show of respect for Jack.

“Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to Jack’s family and friends.” Jonjo O’Neill and Ronan O’Gara lead poignant tributes following the death of Henry de Bromhead’s son Jack

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