Jack Higgins (1903-1955) of Naas and Kildare was one of the greatest Gaelic footballers of the first half of the history of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). He helped to develop a new, exciting, even balletic, style that attracted thousands of supporters and players to Gaelic football and helped transform it into the most popular field sport in Ireland. He led a galaxy of stars in the Naas and the Kildare county teams through their golden period in the 1920s and early 1930s. As a centre half-back on Naas, Kildare, Leinster, Army and Ireland teams he was indomitable for over a decade. His play was remarkable for the highest standard of integrity, fairness, generosity and sportsmanship. He later brought the same attributes to his work as an administrator at club, county, provincial and national levels in the GAA. His career was memorable and inspirational.
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