The chairman of Clonoulty-Rossmore, Andrew Fryday, has described his late nephew Dillon Quirke as “a pure gentleman” and “lovely young man” after his tragic death on Friday night.
The GAA community was shocked to learn that the 24-year-old passed away last night after he collapsed while playing in a club championship match between Clonoulty-Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium.
Speaking to RTE Sport, Mr Fryday, who is a brother of Quirke's mother Hazel, paid tribute to Dillon with the follow:
"He was a pure gentleman, a lovely, lovely young man who had anything you’d want in a hurler. A fine, big strong man. Fit and able, a leader on the field. He was captain of our club team this year, he led from the front.”
He added: "His uncle-in-law Declan Ryan, our former Tipperary manager, was manager and coach of the team. Dillon absolutely loved him, he’d do anything for him.
"We were very hopeful this year that we would drive on and do the repeat of 2018 and put another county final on the table.
"Dillon also won an under-21 county final that year for his club, in '18, and he won a county final here with the club in 2014 at U16. His curriculum vitae was absolutely immense.
"We were so looking forward to him leading the way for the next number of years for us."
Andrew Fryday, chairman of the Clonoulty/Rossmore club and uncle of Dillon Quirke, has paid tribute to the Tipperary hurler after his tragic death on Friday. pic.twitter.com/RJxmmkhizx— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) August 6, 2022