Farewell to Wexford hurling legend Jack Harding

The Funeral Mass takes place today of John ‘Jack’Harding, Kilmacoe, Curracloe, who played a hero’s game at full forward on the Wexford team that beat Tipperary 2-15 to 0-11 in the 1960 All Ireland senior hurling final at Croke Park. He recently celebrated his 87th birthday and was a member of Shelmalier GAA Club.

Wexford hurling legend JACK HARDING is presented with his All-Ireland hurling medal at Croke Park in 1960.

In its coverage of the victorious final, The Wexford People said Harding has played his greatest game against the much more experienced Tipperary opponent Mick Maher. “His undoubtable courage saw him come through a testing hour with honours.”

The Evening Press reported; “Jack Harding was an astute leader, he distributed the ball cleverly and made several openings which produced vital scores.”

Many fine tributes have been paid to Jack, who was a popular member of the community, including a social media message from Shelmalier GAA Club that said; “It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Jack Harding. The club would like to extend our sympathies to the Harding, Harding Kenny, Lanigan and Roche families at this this sad time.”

FAMILY NOTICE; Harding (Kilmacoe, Curracloe), July 2, 2020, John (Jack), beloved husband of the late Mary and loving father of John, Tommy, Christine, Theresa, Eddie, Paddy, Caroline and Seamus, brother of the late Peg and Annie and children who died in infancy; sadly missed by his family, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Due to recent HSE guidelines regarding public gatherings, those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but due to current restrictions cannot, please leave a personal message in the ‘Condolences’ section on RIP.ie.
The celebration of Jack’s Funeral Mass via the parish webcam, on the link Castlebridge Screen Curracloe Parish Facebook page at 12 noon on Saturday. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

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