Higgins mourns ‘priceless loss’ of young Tipperary Hurler

The President has paid tribute to a young Tipperary Hurler who died after a fall during a match.

Ichelle D Higgins described the death of 24-year-old Dylan Quirke as a “priceless loss” not only to his family and friends but to the entire community.

Taoiseach Michael Martin said he was “shocked and saddened” by the death.

Mr Quirke was playing for his club Clonaulty-Rossmore against Kilruen McDonagh at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Friday evening when he collapsed.

He received medical assistance on the pitch before being taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel, where he later died.

Following this incident the referee abandoned the County Senior Hurling Championship game.

Mr Quirke has been described as a “smasher” who “was carried too small”.

Mr Higgins said on Twitter: “As the President of Ireland, I would like to express my deepest sympathy at the passing of Dillon Quirke.

“It is an irreparable loss not only to his family and friends but to his entire community for which he was making such a contribution.”

Mr Martin wrote on Twitter: “Shocked and saddened by the passing of Dillon Quirke.

“My deepest condolences to all of his family, friends, his teammates and the entire community in Tipperary.”

Tipperary GAA said in a statement: “Tipperary GAA extends its heartfelt and sincere sympathies to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kelly and the extended Quirke family. In addition, the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA Club and their associates extend their heartfelt and sincere sympathy to the Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary hurler Dillon Quirke. On the sad and sad demise.

“Dylan became ill during Friday evening’s County Senior Hurling Championship game between Clonaulti Rossmore and Kilruen McDonaghs at Semple Stadium and was taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel, where he died.”

Tipperary GAA thanked all those who treated Mr. Quirke at the stadium and in the hospital.

It has also canceled all games at the County Hurling Championships this weekend in honor of the player.

Former Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy described Mr Quirke as a “smashing person” on and off the pitch.

He said all GAA families are “numbed by the news”, their thoughts and prayers are with Mr Quirke’s family.

The Gaelic Players Association said Mr Quirke “will always be young”.

In a post on Twitter, it said: “Dylan Quirke’s family, friends and teammates are at the forefront of the thoughts of players across Ireland.

“We cannot imagine your pain, but we will walk with you and support you in every way possible.

“Easy Dillon. We mourn your loss and celebrate your life. You will always be young.”

The South Tipperary GAA said he was “too young”.

It said on Twitter: “The thoughts of everyone involved with the South Tipperary GAA are with everyone tonight at the tragic passing of Dylan Quirke in Clonaulty-Rossmore. Took it too young. Teardown.”