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President commemorates Tipperary launcher Dillon Quirke who died after collapsing during match – The Irish TimesOUS News

A tribute is paid to Tipperary thrower Dillon Quirke, who died after collapsing on the field during a county senior throwing championship game on Friday.

President Michael D Higgins was among those who expressed sympathy for Quirke’s family, describing his death as “an invaluable loss not only to his family and friends, but also to the entire community to which he has made such a contribution.”

Quirke was playing for his own club, Clonoulty Rossmore, against the Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium in Thurles. The FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship match was interrupted after the 24-year-old collapsed on the field.

He was taken to the hospital, yawning from the field, but later died. Tipperary GAA spokesperson confirmed Quirke died Friday evening.

The 24-year-old made his Tipp senior debut against Limerick in January 2020 and won the county and All-Ireland minor and U-21 medals in 2016 and 2018, respectively. He started all four of Tipperary’s Munster Hurling Championship matches this year. All throwing championship matches scheduled for this weekend in Tipperary will be postponed as a sign of respect.

GAA president Larry McCarthy expressed his condolences to Quirke’s family and friends.

“There is a great sense of shock throughout the GAA community at the tragic loss of Dillon, who had already accomplished so much in his young life,” McCarthy said.

“He was a young man with strong potential and promise, and on behalf of the GAA family, I would like to express my condolences for what has happened to Dillon’s father and mother, Dan and Hazel, and sisters Shannon and Kellie. It is an unimaginably difficult time.”

Tipperary GAA said in a statement, “Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kellie and the extended Quirke family express their heartfelt and heartfelt sympathies. Also, to the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA Club and teammates on the sad and tragic death of Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary launcher Dillon Quirke”.

“Dillon fell ill during the County Senior Hurling Championship match between Clonoulty Rossmore and the Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium on Friday evening and was rushed to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel, where he passed away,” he said.

“The Tipperary GAA would like to thank everyone who attended Dillon tonight at Semple Stadium and Tipperary University Hospital. As a token of respect for Dillon, the Tipperary GAA has canceled all games at the County Hurling Championship this weekend.”

Sports Minister Jack Chambers said Quirke had “an incredible sporting talent acquired at a very young age”.

The Welsh Players Association said Quirke will be “forever young” and that all players in Ireland have family, friends and teammates first and foremost in their thoughts.

“We cannot imagine your pain, but we will walk with you and support you in any way we can. Calm down Dillon. We mourn your loss and celebrate your life,” his GPA stated in a tweet.

Former Tipperary All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy described Quirke as “an overwhelming person on and off the pitch, and the entire GAA family was numb on the news tonight.”

Their former employer, the H&MV Engineer, said Quirke has completed a four-year electrical apprenticeship at H&MV and is “a highly valued and respected member of our team.”

A minute’s silence will be held before GAA club matches across the country on Sunday.


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