Tributes have been paid to young Tipperary bowler Dillon Quirke, who died suddenly on Friday evening after falling ill during a club match.
The 24-year-old died at Tipperary University Hospital after falling for 28 minutes in his club Clonaulti-Rossmore match with Killruen McDonagh. He was taken to hospital by ambulance after being treated by medical staff in the game but sadly passed away.
Dillon’s untimely demise has shocked the GAA community and several prominent sports personalities have paid tribute to the talented inter-county star.
Former Tipperary hurler and journalist Shane Stapleton said: “It’s impossible to get one’s heads up about the tragedy that happened at Tipperary this evening. RIP Dillon Quirke. Lovely lad, whom I interviewed after scoring 0-4 v Waterford in the 2020 League When he said: ‘I’ve waited a lifetime for this, it’s like a dream come true’. Took too soon,” Shane said.
Killruen McDonagh, the club Dillon faced on Friday night, said its members were devastated by his death.
“Everyone at Kilruen McDonagh’s Club is devastated at the tragic passing of Dylan Quirke. Sympathy to Dylan’s family and @ClonRossGAA. God bless and comfort his family and friends. No words.”
GAA media personality Buff Egan said Dylan’s death was “heartbreaking”.
“Heartbroken to hear about the death of Clonaulti and Tipperary Senior Hurler Dillon Quirke, who collapsed during a Tipperary SHC game with his club this evening. Sadly, a young 24-year-old with his entire life in front of him Sadly he has left this world. Rest in peace Dillon,” he said.
Former Tipper bowler Shane McGrath said Tipperary’s sporting community is “numb” following Dillon’s death.
“Sad news of the passing of Dillon Quirke. The sports community is numb at Tip. A brilliant talent who only kept getting better and better for the club and county. All thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at @ClonRossGAA. Dillon For the bed of heaven “.
The Tipperary County Board also paid tribute to Dillon and as a mark of respect, all GAA games scheduled for this weekend in Tipperary have been postponed.
“Tipperary GAA extends its heartfelt and sincere sympathy to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kelly and the extended Quirke family. Also to the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA Club and their teammates on the sad and tragic passing of Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary hurler Dillon Quirke.
“Dylan fell ill during the County Senior Hurling Championship game on Friday evening between Clonaulti Rossmore and Kilruen McDonagh at Semple Stadium and was taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel, where he passed away. Tipperary GAA would like to thank all those who did. Attended Dillon and Tipperary University Hospital at Semple Stadium this evening.
“In honor of Dillon, Tipperary GAA has canceled all games scheduled for this weekend’s County Hurling Championships,” Tipperary GAA PRO Jonathan Cullen said in a statement.
RTÉ Sport presenter Jackie Hurley described Dylan’s death as “too young to be taken too soon”.
Dozens of GAA clubs and organizations and thousands of supporters online expressed their condolences as the country grapples with the loss of a young bowler who has a bright future.