RTÉ Sport has paid tribute to Dillon Quirke, 24, the promising young GAA player who died after collapsing on the pitch during a game last Friday.
At the climax of Sunday’s game ahead of tonight’s All-Ireland Camogie Final, presenter Marie Crowe said they would take a moment to remember the young man who tragically died while representing his Tipperary club Clonoulty-Rossmore .
“He was a young man in the prime of his life doing what he loved, playing hurling,” she said.
He will be buried on Tuesday after a midday mass at St John the Baptist Church in Clonulty, followed by internment in the adjacent cemetery.
Ms Crowe offered her condolences to his parents Dan and Hazel and his sisters Shannon and Kellie, as well as his clubmates and friends, at an “unimaginably difficult time”.
Commentator Anna Geary said he was “taken way too young”.
“I think it’s very hard for a lot of people to process that without even knowing him, so it just shook everyone at Clonoulty-Rossmore. He comes from a very close family and they are just incredulous because he was a huge figure at the club and a great leader on and off the pitch. It’s just devastating for them.
“I want to offer my sincere condolences to everyone who knew him, especially his family and friends.”
She added that “It’s just great to rally around the community and the GAA and I’m sure they will do the same in Tipperary.”
Fellow commentator and Wexford Camogie star Ursula Jacob said, “The entire GAA community is united in grief and sadness for Dillon’s family, community and teammates this weekend.”
“It shook everyone to the core. He had achieved so much at such a young age and was an exceptional player and even hearing all the comments yesterday and the night before about what a special man he was is a credit to him and his family,” she said.
All-Star winner Annmarie Hayes described him as a “massive representative of the GAA.”
“To think that a young man with a brilliant career in the middle and one ahead of him is being taken so soon just seems so unfair and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and the community today and in the weeks to come,” he said you.
Among those paying tribute were President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. He was playing against Kilruane McDonaghs at Semple Stadium when he collapsed last Friday. He was carried off the field and treated by medics before being taken to Tipperary University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Mr Higgins described Quirke’s death as an “invaluable loss” to his family, friends and community.
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