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GAA mourns Jim English death

Wexford and Carlow GAA are in deep mourning after the sudden death of Jim English (76).

A member of the Rathnure club, with whom the three Rackard brothers also played, right half-back English was a prominent member of the great Wexford hurling team of the 1950s and early 1960s.

He won three of the five All-Ireland finals in which he played; the back-to-back wins of 1955 and 1956 and the shock victory over Tipperary in 1960.

English was captain in '56 when Wexford denied legendary Corkman Christy Ring a ninth Celtic Cross and he also won National League medals in '56 and '58, the latter particularly memorable as Wexford fought back after trailing by 15 points at half-time to beat Tipperary on the "day of the big wind".

GAA president Nickey Brennan led the sympathisers yesterday, saying he was particularly saddened, having been talking to English at a function last Friday night and describing him as "an icon of the game in Wexford and a great friend and inspiration to Carlow".

English, who served as Carlow chairman for over a decade, won a county medal with Bagenalstown in 1970, and three of his sons, Thomas, James Jr and Patrick, all played for Carlow.

He is also survived by son Colm, daughters Mary and Noeleen and wife Maggie. His remains will be removed today at 5.30pm to St Andrew's, Bagenalstown.

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