The Tipperary GAA community is in mourning after the death of Dillon Quirke after he collapsed while playing for his club Clonoulty/Rossmore in a hurling championship match at Semple Stadium on Friday evening.
The player took ill late in the first half of their game with Kilruane MacDonaghs and quickly received medical attention on the pitch before being transferred to Tipperary University Hospital by ambulance where he passed away.
The 24-year-old made his Tipp senior debut against Limerick in January 2020 having won All-Ireland Minor and Under-21 medals with the Premier County in 2016 and 2018 respectively. He started all four of Tipperary’s Munster Hurling Championship games this season.
All hurling championship games scheduled for this weekend in Tipperary are to be postponed as a mark of respect.
“Tipperary GAA extends its heartfelt and sincere sympathies to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kellie and the extended Quirke family. Also, to the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA Club and his teammates on the sad and tragic passing of Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary hurler Dillon Quirke,” Tipperary GAA said in a statement.
“Dillon became ill during Friday evenings County Senior Hurling Championship game between Clonoulty Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs in Semple Stadium and was taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel where he passed away.
“Tipperary GAA wishes to thank all those who attended Dillon in Semple Stadium and in Tipperary University Hospital this evening.
“As a mark of respect to Dillon, Tipperary GAA have called off all games due to take place in the County Hurling Championships this weekend.”