Jimmy Furlong was born in 1942 and was educated at Piercestown N.S.. He was originally from the area before moving to his present home in Clonsilla near Gorey town.
He played Junior Hurling with Ballyfad from 1966 to 1978, usually playing at Left Half Back.
One of the best goalies he has seen in Hurling was – Tony Reddin (Tipperary) R.I.P..
In Football, he selects – Martin Furlong (Offaly) – as brilliant.
In his playing days with – Ballyfad – Jimmy was an exceptionally talented player. He was quick, clever, solid and had great vision in his No. 7 jersey. He scampered after everything, sometimes chasing lost causes, but many times winning most of them. He was a great athlete with unlimited energy and was a brilliant man marker. He restricted his opponents during a game, never allowing anyone to get a free hit at the goals.
The four most difficult opponents he encountered when playing were – Denis Howell (St. Patrick’s), Tom Dunbar (Ferns), Pat Kinsella (Naomh Eanna) and Patsy Morris (St. Patrick’s).
One of the greatest games of Hurling he has seen was between – Wexford vs Tipperary – in the 1956 National League Final.
In Football, the greatest game he has seen was between – Down vs Offaly – in the 1960 All Ireland Final.
The Ballyfad Hurlers that impressed him the most over the years were – Pat Cullen, Paddy “Blondie” Cullen, Aidan Kavanagh, Mick Byrne, and John Hegarty.
The three best Full Backs he has seen in Hurling were – Nick O’Donnell (Wexford) R.I.P., Pat Hartigan (Limerick) and Brian Lohan (Clare).
The three best Midfielders he has seen were – Ned Wheeler (Wexford), Joe Salmon (Galway) R.I.P. and Gerald McCarthy (Cork).
The three best Full Forwards he has seen were – Nickey Rackard (Wexford) R.I.P., Joe McKenna (Offaly & Limerick) and Joe Canning (Galway).
The five greatest Hurlers he has ever seen were – Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Billy Rackard (Wexford) R.I.P., Christy Ring R.I.P., Eddie Keher (Kilkenny) and Brian Whelehan (Offaly).
In Wexford, in the last 40 years, the Hurlers that stood out in Jim’s opinion were – Tony Doran, Mick Jacob Snr., Seanie Kinsella, Dan Quigley, and Martin Quigley.
The two best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Des Foley (Dublin) R.I.P. and Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork).
One of the best club teams he has seen in Hurling was the – Rathnure team – in the early 70’s, winning 4 Co. titles in a row.
In Football, he selects the – Castletown Teams and Ballyhogue Teams – as the best teams he has ever seen during the 60’s and 70’s.
Jimmy along with another former Ballyfad star – Mick Byrne – trained the Ballyfad team that won the Co. Intermediate Hurling Title in the 2003 victory vs St. Mary’s, Rosslare in the Final.
His son – James Furlong – also played in the U’Age with Wexford in U’14 and Minor.
Jimmy himself played Juvenile and Minor Hurling with the – Faythe Harriers and U’14 with – St. Martin’s.
Of the present-day Hurlers, the players that impressed Jimmy the most were – Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), T.J. Reid (Kilkenny), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Tadhg De Burca (Waterford), Seamus Callanan (Tipperary), Patrick Horgan (Cork) and Joe Canning (Galway).
Jimmy played for the Carlow Junior Hurling team in 1963, playing for them at Left Half Back in the Championship.
One of his finest games playing for Ballyfad was vs Ferns in the 1974 Gorey Hurling Championship. He had a regal game, chasing ball after ball that came in his direction.