Posted BY: Jim Hoft

On Friday, a super fit hurler from Tipperary County, Ireland, died unexpectedly after collapsing during a county senior championship game.

Dillon Quirke, 24, collapsed right before halftime, and he had to be helped off the field at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

The referee and Tipperary GAA have called off the game following the incident.

After being transported from the field on a stretcher, he eventually died suddenly at Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel.

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Although the exact cause of death remains unknown, Mr. Quirke reportedly felt ill the night during the championship game between Clonoulty Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs, according to a statement.

In a statement, “Tipperary GAA extends its deepest and most sincere condolences to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kellie, and the extended Quirke family. Also, to the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA Club and his teammates for the sad and tragic passing of Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary hurler Dillon Quirke.”

“Dillon fell ill during Friday night’s senior county hurling championship game between Clonoulty Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium and was taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel where he passed away,” it said.

“The Tipperary GAA would like to thank everyone who attended Dillon at Semple Stadium and Tipperary University Hospital tonight. Out of respect to Dillon, the Tipperary GAA has canceled all games taking place at the County Hurling Championship this weekend,” the statement concluded.

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