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07th Dec 2023

Tributes pour in after sudden death of young hurler, 28

Stephen Porzio


Very sad news.

Tributes are pouring in for 28-year-old Laois hurler John ‘Jack’ Delaney following his sudden death this week.

According to multiple outlets, Jack – who was from Ballacolla in Laois – collapsed while out running on Tuesday, 5 December.

Leinster Express reports that he played hurling locally in his younger years and that he is part of a very well-known family in the area.

His father Tim owns Design Options, a furniture store in Portlaoise where Jack worked.

The notice for Mr Delaney reads:

“John (Jack) Delaney, Kyledellig, Ballacolla, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Died suddenly, December 5th.

“Dearly loved son of Tim and Eileen, much loved brother of Tim and Tom and adoring sister Sarah. John will be sadly missed by his sisters in law Sara and Kate, nieces Evelyn and Sadie, nephew Tim, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, neighbours and large circle of friends.”

hurlerTributes pour in after sudden death of young hurler, 28

Hundreds of tributes have since been left for John ‘Jack’ Delaney in the condolence section of his notice.

One message reads: “John was a gentleman – always had a smile and so helpful. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Another person wrote: “We have such lovely memories of John in Design Options. He was always so friendly and helpful with a big smile on his face. A true gentleman.”

A third said: “This is such sad news. I always dealt with John in Design Options and it was an absolute pleasure and so much fun. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He was always so kind, friendly and helpful.”

A fourth person’s tribute read: “I was greatly shocked to hear the news of John’s death this morning and I can only say that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

“John was always a true gentleman. He showed that trait when he was a student in Roscrea and later in his work. I meet him recently when I visited your shop and I will treasure that memory.”

Jack will repose in his home on Thursday (7 December) and Friday (8 December) from 4pm with rosary at 8pm, both evenings.

“Removal Saturday morning (9 December) from his residence to arrive at St. Canice’s Church, Clough (R32 K003) for requiem mass at 12 noon with interment immediately afterwards in Knockaroo Cemetery (R32 F886),” the notice reads.

The funeral mass can also be viewed at this link.

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