Martin pays tribute to hurler who was ‘taken too young’ after falling on the pitch

Taoiseach paid tribute to young hurler Tipperary, who died after collapsing during a match, stating that he was “shocked and saddened”.
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Illon Quirk, 24, was playing for his Clonulty-Rossmore club against Kilruan McDonaghs at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Friday night when he became ill.

He received medical attention before being taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel, where he later died.

After the incident, the referee canceled the senior district throwing championship game.

The young player was described as “a terrific person” who was “taken too young”.

Taoiseach said he was “shocked and saddened” by the young player’s death.

Michael Martin, in a Twitter post, said: “Shocked and saddened by the passing of Dillon Quirk.

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

Tipperary GAA expressed “sincere and heartfelt condolences” to his family and teammates on the “sad and tragic” death of the young hurler.

The Tipperary GAA said in a statement: “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 visited Mr. Quirk Friday night at the stadium and 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 were with Mr. Quirk’s family.

The Gaelic Players’ Association mourned the player’s loss, saying that he would “remain forever young”.

In a tweet, the association stated: “Family, friends and teammates of Dillon Quirk are the first thought 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”.

The tweet read: “Thoughts from everyone associated with the South Tipperary GAA to everyone at Clonulty Rossmore tonight on the tragic passing of Dillon Quirk. Taken too young. TEAR.”