Tipperary GAA is in mourning following the sudden and tragic passing of inter-county and Clonoulty / Rossmore star Dillon Quirke. He was 24 years old.
Dillon collapsed while playing for his club in the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship at Semple Stadium last night. He took ill late in the first half of Clonoulty / Rossmore’s clash with Kilruane McDonaghs.
The 24-year-old received instant medical attention on the pitch, before being transferred by ambulance to Tipperary University Hospital where he later passed away.
All championship games in Tipperary this weekend have been postponed as a mark of respect.
Tipperary GAA released a statement on the sad loss of Quirke, who started all four of the Premier’s Munster Championship games this season.
"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. 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 wish to thank all those who attended to 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."
Dillon Quirke made his senior debut for his county against Limerick in 2020, having won All-Ireland minor and U-21 medals with the county in 2016 and 2018 under the tutelage of current senior manager Liam Cahill. He also played a starring role when his club won the Tipperary SHC back in 2018.
Quirke is survived by his loving family.
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