Dillon Quirke: ‘We’re beyond despair’ – Club holds vigil for young star as funeral details are confirmed

The Clonoulty-Rossmore GAA community came together in united mourning at a vigil for Dillon Quirke on Saturday night.

Illion, 24, died Friday night after collapsing during a game of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship between Clonoulty-Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs.

Dillon’s untimely death shocked the GAA community in Tipperary and a vigil was held in his memory at the Clonoulty-Rossmore GAA club last night.

A table with various images of Dillon was set up on the club’s stand, along with jerseys of his two beloved teams: Clonoulty-Rossmore and Tipperary – a club and county he represented with distinction in his playing career.

The club paid tribute to Dillon – who served as their captain this year – and thanked those who sent condolences.

“Thank you for all the nice messages. Perhaps these will offer some comfort in time. At the moment we are no longer desperate,” the club said in a brief statement, inviting everyone who wished to attend the vigil at 8:15 p.m. last night to their club.

Dozens of candles lit the stands on either side of a shrine to Dillon, while flowers were carefully placed in front of the table, which was draped with a Clonoulty-Rossmore flag.

The club’s chairman, Andrew Fryday – who is also Dillon’s uncle – told the Sunday Independent that Dillon “lived and died for hurling”.

“Dillon was the heart and soul of our club. As captain of the senior national team, he was our biggest inspiration.

“As a person he was the perfect gentleman and the absolute dream of what every young man should be.

“This was also his breakthrough year in the sport. He came into his time as a player at club and district level. We built the club around him for the next 10 or 15 years,” he said.

“As a family we are all heartbroken and devastated. He was an outstanding young man who lived and died to sling.”

Dillon’s obituary read: “Unexpectedly at Semple Stadium. Predeceased by his grandparents Eddie & Lyla Fryday and Phil Quirke. Deeply regretted by his loving parents, Dan & Hazel, sisters Shannon & Kellie, grandmother, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, teammates and many beloved friends.”

Dillon will rest at his home on Monday evening from 4pm to 8pm before the funeral service at 12pm on Tuesday at St John the Baptist Church in Clonoulty, followed by a burial in the adjacent cemetery.

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