Dillon Quirke: ‘We are beyond despair’ – Club hold wake for young star as funeral details confirmed

The GAA community of Clonoulty-Rossmore came together united in grief Saturday night at a vigil held for Dillon Quirke.

illon (24) died on Friday night after collapsing during a Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship match between Clonoulty-Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs.

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

A table has been erected in the club’s stand with various photos of Dillon as well as shirts of his two beloved teams: Clonoulty-Rossmore and Tipperary – a club and county he has 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 messages of condolence.

“Thank you for all the kind messages. Perhaps in time it will bring some comfort. At the moment we are beyond despair,” the club said in a brief statement, inviting all those who wanted to attend the vigil in their club at 8:15 p.m. last night.

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

Club 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 team, he was our main inspiration.

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

“It was also his breakthrough year in the sport. He was entering his era as a player at club and county level. We were building the club around him for the next ten or 15 years,” he said. he declares.

“As a family, we are all heartbroken and devastated. He was an exceptional young man who lived and died for hurling.

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

Dillon will rest at his home Monday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. before the Requiem mass on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Clonoulty, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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