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    JACK HALPIN, Hurler and Footballer with Saint Judes GAA Club, Templeogue, was seriously injured as a result of the Berkeley, California tragedy which claimed six young lives and forever changed the lives of numerous casualties , their families, friends and relatives.

    Jack Halpin is 21, son of John and Dolores Halpin and brother to Marie. He attended school at Saint Mary’s College, Rathmines and has just completed his final year of a Degree in Commerce at UCD.

    Jack’s initial contact with Saint Judes GAA Club was typically that of most of his clubmates – Orwell Green, Saturday mornings and Joe MacDonnell in full flow, surrounded by 4 and 5 year olds, learning the skills of Football and Hurling from somebody who had the knack of teaching, not just the games , but a love of the games. Jack blossomed as a player throughout his Juvenile years and, as a young adult, has continued to represent his club in both codes at Under 21 level, and also as a Senior panelist in Hurling as well as excelling in Football. At County level Jack is proud to have represented Dublin from Under 12 to Under 16 level in both codes!

    Jack’s Dad, Johnny, has been a successful mentor and coach of Saint Judes Under- Age teams for quite a number of years and was appointed, in 2013, as a Senior mentor with the Club’s Senior Hurlers, who had a fantastically successful 2014 County Championship and League campaign.

    Communities throughout the country have thousands of Jack Halpins with hopes and dreams of a bright and shining future in career and sport and in love and friendship, unmarred by thoughts of tragedy and loss, such as that inflicted recently on those young lives in California. Jack, among others of his friends, has sustained serious injuries which will involve periods of hospitalisation and recuperation and recovery, which we hope will be timely and completely successful and will allow Jack to return, fully restored, to the bosom of his family and his people.

    The GAA Club has traditionally been to the forefront in these communities at times of tragedy like this and has quietly and thoughtfully offered help and support to those most closely affected. It has always been thus, and allows communities to show that none of us as individuals needs ever feel alone.

    “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”