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A beautiful young soul frozen in time

A grieving community: A memorial site of flowers and tributes in memory of the late Jack de Bromhead at Rossbeigh Bach this Sunday.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

The devastated parents of 13-year-old Jack de Bromhead, the teenager who lost his life in a tragic incident at Glenbeigh Races on Saturday, have paid an emotion-charged tribute to the child they adored.

Cheltenham Gold Cup and Aintree Grand National winning trainer Henry de Bromhead and his wife, Heather, in a notice in RIP.ie, described Jack as a one-of-a-kind child who will be always cherished, always loved, frozen in time and with a beautiful young soul.

The late Jack de Bromhead: Always cherished, always loved, frozen in time and with a beautiful young soul.
Image source: RIP.ie

Jack, a talented up and coming jockey, died after the horse he was riding stumbled and fell awkwardly during the 5.00pm race on the beach at Rossbeigh.

Emergency services were alerted but frantic efforts to save the teenager proved unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The de Bromhead family statement read: “He was an amazing son who told us he loved us every day”.

His parents said Jack had an over-brimming heart of loyalty, empathy, patience and courage and he made them laugh.

The dark clouds overhead on the beach at Rossbeigh for the Glenbeigh Races on Saturday seemed wholly appropriate given the tragedy that was to occur later in the afternoon.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

“Not only the perfect, funny, loving son but also an incredible, loving brother to our beautiful daughters, his twin sister Mia and his little sister, Georgia.

“He always had their back and was fiercely loyal and kind. Our hearts are truly broken,” Jack’s mum and dad said.

They said he made so many friends wherever he went and they asked his pals to celebrate and love him as they know he would have wished.

Young jockeys competing in an earlier race at Glenbeigh Races on Saturday afternoon.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

Jack had only recently stated in a new school but he was so anxious to pack so much into his young life that it seemed as though he was too busy to spend more than a minute more than he had to in the classroom.

Jack, whose funeral arrangements will be announced later, is deeply loved and missed by his parents, Henry and Heather, sisters Mia and Georgia, grandparents Andrew, Marian, Harry and Sally, aunts and uncles, extended family and friends.

In a statement issued this Sunday, the committee behind Glenbeigh Races said: “As parents, our hearts are broken for the de Bromhead family and our deepest sympathy goes to them at this sad time.

“As a committee and community, we are all mourning together, a young life to be cut short in any circumstances is something that shouldn’t happen”.
The committee paid tribute to all the doctors, nurses, vets and local responders that helped at the scene in addition to the Irish Red Cross, ambulance service and the ar ambulance. They also thanked the HPRA for their continued help throughout and to its own stewards and volunteers for their assistance and support.

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