A Tipperary hurler died after collapsing during a game at Semple Stadium last night.
illon Quirke (24) was carried off the field just before halftime in Thurles on Friday.
A spokesman for the Tipperary GAA County Board confirmed the Clonoulty Rossmore club player died after collapsing on the field during the FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship match.
Play was immediately halted as Mr Quirke was tended to by players from his own team and opponents Kilruane and the Knights of Malta.
Dillon, who had been playing at full striker before collapsing after 28 minutes, was taken to the stadium’s medical unit before being rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
In a statement last night, Tipperary told GAA: “Tipperary GAA extends its heartfelt and sincere condolences to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kellie and the extended Quirke family.
“Also to the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA Club and its teammates on the sad and tragic deaths of Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary hurler Dillon Quirke.
“Dillon fell ill during Friday night’s County Senior Hurling Championship game between Clonoulty Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium and was taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel, where he died.
“Tipperary GAA would like to thank everyone who visited Dillon tonight at Semple Stadium and Tipperary University Hospital.”
The organization added, “As a mark of respect to Dillon, Tipperary GAA has canceled all games scheduled for this weekend’s County Hurling Championships.”
There was an outburst of sadness last night when the news broke.
South Tipperary GAA said: “The thoughts of everyone associated with South Tipperary GAA are with everyone at Clonoulty-Rossmore tonight on the tragic death of Dillon Quirke. Taken way too young. REST IN PEACE.”
Fethard GAA said he was “shocked and saddened to hear the news of the death of Tipperary and Clonoulty player Dillon Quirke. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Quirke family and the Clonoulty-Rossmore Club.”
Dillon worked as a retail manager and played his first senior intercounty match against Limerick in the National Hurling League in January 2020.
He was a 2015 Munster Minor Hurling medalist and won Minster and All Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2016 and an All Ireland Under-21 Hurling medal in 2018.
He also won five consecutive West Tipperary Senior Hurling medals from 2016-2020 and a County Senior Hurling Championship medal in 2018. He also received a Dr. Harty Cup medal awarded.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/hurling-star-dillon-quirke-24-dies-after-falling-ill-during-match-41893646.html Hurling star Dillon Quirke (24) dies after falling ill during match