Tributes are pouring in for Wexford GAA star John Harrington, (51), who died suddenly at his Wexford town home this morning (Saturday).
He made his Leinster SFC debut against Offaly in 1988 and went on to become one of the top midfielders in the country over the next decade.
While he was best known for his football exploits with Wexford and his club Sarsfields, John was also an accomplished hurler and was captain and inspirational leader on the Faythe Harriers side that beat Rapparees (Enniscorthy) in the 2001 county senior hurling final.
In paying tribute to John, Faythe Harriers wrote on Facebook: “It’s with heavy hearts that we learn this morning of the sudden death of former player John Harrington. A battler, a warrior, a team-mate and friend to so many in the club.”
Chairman of Wexford GAA County Board, Derek Kent, who played beside John in the Wexford jersey and they attended school together, described him as “a gentle giant, a lovely person.”
Official Glynn Barntown GAA posted a tribute on Twitter; “So sad our local postman here in Barntown he will be sadly missed. A giant of a man in every way.”
John Harrington, Orchard Lane, Ardcavan, Wexford. Beloved husband of the late Tina and partner of Sandra and father of Emma and Ciara and son of Dan and Patricia. Sadly missed by his loving partner, daughters, mother, father, his partner’s son Niall, daughters Kate and Leanne, brothers Martin Paul, and Noel, sisters in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Reposing at Kearney’s Funeral Home, Selskar Street on Monday from 2 pm until removal at 6 pm to the Church of The Assumption, Bride Street. Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday morning at 12 noon followed by burial in St Ibar’s Cemetery, Crosstown.