Tributes have been pouring in for the late Damian Casey after the Tyrone hurling star’s tragic death due to an accident experienced in a swimming pool in Spain.
The Dungannon native played over 100 games for Tyrone, scoring 39-908 since his debut in 2012 and captaining them to the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2014. He also played a starring role in the Red Hands’ most recent success in the competition by landing 0-14 in last month’s final win over Roscommon at Croke Park.
Tyrone county board chairman Michael Kerr described the 29-year-old’s death as “ beyond belief” in a statement released this morning.
Damian Casey was a special gift to Tyrone and to hurling. We were the richer for his presence and are the poorer for his passing.— Tyrone GAA (@TyroneGAALive) June 18, 2022
‘D’imigh tú i mbláth na hóige, ar Sholas na bhFlaitheas go raibh d’anam’https://t.co/0WJyx8FJoP pic.twitter.com/tHpU3mPbyx
Players across Ireland are devastated for the family & friends of Damian Casey & for all in @DGNHurlingclub and @TyroneGAALive.— GPA (@gaelicplayers) June 18, 2022
Damian stood out as a person & leader. On the pitch he was a magician of rare skill.
He was one of us. He was among the best of us.
RIP Damian x pic.twitter.com/x2H3c86mtZ
Damian Casey (RIP), a brilliant forward for @TyroneGAALive, has sadly passed away following a tragic accident— The GAA (@officialgaa) June 18, 2022
Cumann Iomána Cú Chulainn are deeply saddened and would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Casey Family, to @DGNHurlingclub and to @TyroneGAALive on the devastating loss of Damian Casey.— Cumann lomána Cú Chulainn (@CuchulainnsArma) June 18, 2022
Suimnhneas Síoraí dá anam uasal agus i measc laochra na nGael go raibh sé. pic.twitter.com/tunZSYA7YO
I had the pleasure of been present to see Damian Casey in action in Dr Hyde Park & Croke Park this year against us, a class player.— Brian Carroll (@bcarroll17) June 18, 2022
On behalf of everyone in Roscommon GAA I offer my deepest sympathy to everyone in @TyroneGAALive & @DGNHurlingclub
May Damien rest in peace ❤️🤍 pic.twitter.com/8GvRDJ88fb
We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Damian Casey.— Armagh_GAA (@Armagh_GAA) June 18, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with his dear family, friends, fellow teammates at Eoghan Ruadh club and all Tyrone Gaels.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. pic.twitter.com/Plqx2gbcVE
Gaeil Triúcha C.L.G. hurlers offer our deepest sympathies to the entire hurling community, especially our neighbours at Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club and Tyrone GAA on the tragic passing of Damian Casey a true hurling icon in these parts.— Gaeil Triucha CLG (@truaghgaels) June 18, 2022
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. pic.twitter.com/ZYgeUgcmFv
Ulster GAA offers sincere condolences to the family & friends of Damian Casey, @DGNHurlingclub and @TyroneGAALive hurler, following his sudden passing.— Ulster GAA (@UlsterGAA) June 18, 2022
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam pic.twitter.com/pVfIr7lWeG
“One of my birthdays they came with a hurling stick and grip… I thought this was the greatest thing ever.”— Shane Hannon (@ShaneHannon01) June 18, 2022
Shocked to hear of the sudden passing of @DGNHurlingclub & @TyroneGAALive hurler Damian Casey.
He was on a panel with us @offtheball 3 years ago - a gentleman. pic.twitter.com/1GiY7MPCA7
💔Our GAA family and hurling fraternity has been plunged into deep sadness this morning as we learn of the tragic and untimely passing of Damian Casey— @monaghangaa (@monaghangaa) June 18, 2022
We wish to express our sincere sympathy to Damian’s Family, Friends, Teammates the @DGNHurlingclub Club and @TyroneGAALive pic.twitter.com/HRHJyPanH4