Higgins mourns the ‘invaluable loss’ of young hurler Tipperary

The President paid tribute to the young hurler Tipperary, who collapsed during a match.

Michael D. Higgins called the death of 24-year-old Dillon Quirk “an inestimable loss” not only to his family and friends, but to society as a whole.

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

Mr. Quirk was playing for his Clonulty-Rossmore club against Kilruan McDonaghs at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Friday night when he passed out.

He received medical treatment on the field before being taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel where he later died.

The senior county throwing championship game was abandoned by the referee following the incident.

Mr. Quirk was described as a “crushing man” who was “taken too young”.

Mr Higgins tweeted: “As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deepest condolences on the passing of Dillon Quirk.

“This is an inestimable loss, not only to his family and friends, but to his entire community to which he has contributed so much.”

Mr Martin tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by the passing of Dillon Quirk.

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

The Tipperary GAA said in a statement: “The Tipperary GAA extends its sincere and heartfelt condolences to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kelly and the Quirk extended family. And also to the Clonulty Rossmore GAA Club and his teammates on the sad and tragic passing of Clonulty Rossmore and Tipperary thrower Dillon Quirk.

“Dillon became ill during the Friday night county hurling championship between Clonulty Rossmore and Kilruan McDonaghs at Semple Stadium and was taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel where he died.”

Tipperary GAA thanked everyone who treated Quirk at the stadium and in the hospital.

He has canceled all games scheduled for the County Hurling Championship this weekend as a show of respect for the player.

Former Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy called Mr. Quirk “an amazing person” both on and off the pitch.

He said the entire GAA family was “numb at the news,” adding that his thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Quirk’s family.

The Gaelic Players’ Association stated that Quirk would “remain forever young”.

The tweet read: “Dillon Quirk’s family, friends and teammates are first and foremost on the minds of players across Ireland.

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

“Calm down, Dillon. We mourn your loss and celebrate your life. You will stay forever young.”

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

He said on Twitter: “Thoughts from everyone involved with the South Tipperary GAA are with everyone at Clonulty Rossmore tonight on the tragic passing of Dillon Quirk. Taken too young. TEAR.”

GAA President Larry McCarthy also offered his condolences to the family and friends of underage All-Ireland medalist Tipperary.

Mr. McCarthy said: “The GAA community is deeply moved by the tragic loss of Dillon, who has already accomplished so much in his young life.

“He was a young man in his prime, with so much potential and promise, and on behalf of the GAA family, I would like to express my condolences to Dillon’s father and mother, Dan and Hazel, and his sisters, Shannon and Kelly, at an unimaginably difficult time.”