DEEP sadness has been expressed at the death of 26-year old Adrian Harkin, who died from a massive heart attack after Gaelic football training last Friday night with James Stephens club in Kilkenny.
Adrian’s father Syd originally hails from Portlaoise and was a prominent member of Portlaoise GAA club, as well as being a well known county player. Portlaoise GAA Club have extended sympathies to the Harkin family. Adrian’s grandfather, Ned Harkin, was a long serving governor in Portlaoise Prison. His father Syd has lived in Kilkenny for years, owning and running the well known Syd Harkin’s pub.
Adrian loved sport and loved Gaelic football, because his father played it with great success in Laois and his mother’s people in Mayo were all football people. He adored the black an amber and loved to hurl, winning a minor county championship medal with the Village in 2003.
It was with a lump in his throat that his club mate from The Village, Jackie Tyrell dedicated Leinster’s win in the Railway Cup final on Sunday to his friend and fellow player.
Adrian is survived by his mother Mary, father Syd; sister Catherine and brothers David and Maurice. His funeral on Tuesday (yesterday) was one of the biggest seen in Kilkenny for many years from St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny to Foulkstown cemetery.