Tributes have flowed since the tragic passing of Tipperary hurling star Dillon Quirke last night.
The 24-year-old had been playing for his club Clonoulty/Rossmore yesterday evening in a county senior hurling championship game against Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium when he took ill and collapsed during the first-half and was later pronounced dead at Tipperary University Hospital.
Tributes have since been pouring in for Dillon, with President Michael D Higgins posting on social media: "As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of Dillon Quirke. This is an inestimable loss not only to his family and friends but to his entire community to which he was making such a contribution. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin also that he was "shocked and saddened" by the news of the Tipperary star’s death.
"My deepest sympathies to all his family, friends, his teammates, and all the community in Tipperary."
Dillon was a smashing person on and off the pitch and all of the GAA family are numb at the news tonight. My thoughts and prayers are with Dan, Olive and all of the family.— Liam Sheedy (@LiamLsheedy) August 5, 2022
Think this photo hit me harder than any other. Dillon Quirke set off yesterday to do what all young GAA men long to do, represent his Club in Championship on a beautiful summer eve. God rest him & may the Clonoulty/Rossmore sod he graced with such elegance rest lightly upon him pic.twitter.com/Q3dWByXAU4— Brian Ramsbottom (@TheOneRam) August 6, 2022
The family, friends & teammates of Dillon Quirke are foremost in the thoughts of players across Ireland.— GPA (@gaelicplayers) August 6, 2022
We can’t imagine your pain but will walk with you & support you in any way we can.
Rest easy Dillon. We mourn your loss & celebrate your life. You will stay forever young 💔 pic.twitter.com/zi5CikQTAN
Can’t get my head around this tragic news this morning. Heart goes out to all his family, friends and all associated with the club. https://t.co/SVg37sGlfH— Jackie Tyrrell (@MrJackieTee) August 6, 2022
Heartbreaking- thoughts are with the family and friends. ❤️ https://t.co/ODbr1Z3hBo— Paul Flynn (@Flinto23) August 6, 2022
Thinking of all his family ,friends and club. Desperately sad 😢 RIP 🙏 https://t.co/BJqX1GhG9e— Colm O Neill (@crossbar13) August 6, 2022
RIP Dillon Quirke. What a tradegy in our beautiful game. Condolences to his entire family, all his club mates, team mates at @ClonRossGAA and his many many many friends throughout. Put things into perspective going to bed tonight with my family. Extremely harrowing to be fair.— Ray Ryan (@rayryan6) August 5, 2022
Our deepest condolences to the Quirke family, friends, clubmates @ClonRossGAA and the @TipperaryGAA community on the heartbreaking passing of Dillon, RIP🕯️— Galway GAA (@Galway_GAA) August 6, 2022
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis pic.twitter.com/zl21PTkg8e
Tragic news of the passing of Dillon Quirke. The sporting community in Tipp are numb. A brilliant talent who was only getting better & better for club & county. All thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends in @ClonRossGAA. The bed of heaven to Dillon.— Shane McGrath (@Shaneytweet) August 5, 2022
A minutes silence will take place at all Cork GAA County Championship games this weekend as a mark of respect on the passing of Tipperary senior hurler, Dillon Quirke. https://t.co/2NJRIv1t0K pic.twitter.com/27qlw6CKDx— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) August 6, 2022
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dillon Quirke on his untimely passing.— Roscommon GAA (@RoscommonGAA) August 6, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with @ClonRossGAA and @TipperaryGAA at this sad time.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.#RosGAA pic.twitter.com/F68CpRJzKK
GAA President Larry McCarthy has offered his sympathies to the family and friends of Dillon Quirke after his sudden passing on Friday night— The GAA (@officialgaa) August 6, 2022
Clubber GAA extends our deepest sympathies to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kellie, the extended Quirke and Fryday families as well as all friends and team mates on the tragic passing of Dillon Quirke, Clonoulty. A gifted hurler and a true gentleman.— Clubber (@ClubberGaa) August 6, 2022
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis 🤍 pic.twitter.com/RvbxwLnlvC
As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of Dillon Quirke. This is an inestimable loss not only to his family and friends but to his entire community to which he was making such a contribution. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) August 6, 2022
Shocked and saddened by the passing of Dillon Quirke.— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 6, 2022
My deepest sympathies to all his family, friends, his teammates, and all the community in Tipperary. https://t.co/j6URgD6yIC