Tipperary hurler Dillon Quirke has died after collapsing on the pitch during a county senior hurling championship game on Friday. Quirke was playing for his club Clonoulty Rossmore in a game against Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
The FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship game was abandoned after the 24-year-old player collapsed on the pitch. He was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, but later died. A spokesman for Tipperary GAA confirmed that Quirke had died on Friday evening.
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 county in 2016 and 2018 respectively. He started all four of Tipperary’s Munster Hurling Championship games this year. All hurling championship games scheduled for this weekend in Tipperary are to be postponed as a mark of respect.
In a statement, Tipperary GAA said it “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 evening’s 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,” it said.
“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,” the statement said.