Tipperary GAA star Eddie Connolly loses battle against cancer
Tipperary GAA has been plunged into mourning after the tragic death of Eddie Connolly.
The dual star represented the Premier County at all grades in both hurling and football and was captain of the Tipperary Intermediate hurling team that won the All-Ireland in 2012.
The Loughmore-Castleiney club man was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and has been battling the condition ever since.
Connolly made headlines last year when he came on as a substitute as his club booked their place in the Tipperary hurling decider.
He had recently travelled to Spain for a new form of cancer treatment at a fundraiser at Thurles Greyhound Stadium for the Eddie Connolly Trust Fund was due to take place tonight, and still goes ahead.
A statement from the Tipperary County Board read: “The death has taken place of former Loughmore-Castleiney and Tipperary player Eddie Connolly after a long battle with cancer.
“Eddie passed away peacefully last night at home with his family.
“At the request of the Connolly family, tonight’s Eddie Connolly Trust Fund “Night at the Dogs” at Thurles Greyhound Stadium will still go ahead in a celebration of Eddie’s life.
“On behalf of the Tipperary County Board, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Connolly family at this sad time.”
Tributes have been pouring in on social media:
My thoughts and prayers are wit the family, friends and teammates of Eddie Connolly. A true inspiration to everyone. His legacy will live on— Richie Power (@power_richie) September 18, 2015
It is with great sadness that we learned this morning of the death of Eddie Connolly. Eddie battled his illness... http://t.co/AdnyMvZsx1— Loughmore-Castleiney (@Loughmore_Gaa) September 18, 2015
RIP Eddie Connolly. A legend gone but never forgotten. Thoughts & prayers with family, friends and all in @Loughmore_Gaa.— Shane McGrath (@Shaneytweet) September 18, 2015
Rip Eddie Connolly. True gent and inspirational warrior. Thoughts and prayer with his family and friends and @Loughmore_Gaa community.— cathal barrett (@cbarrett2107) September 18, 2015
So sad to hear of the passing of Eddie Connolly. My Thoughts are with his family,friends & teammates. #rip Eddie— Henry Shefflin (@ShefflinHenry) September 18, 2015
RIP Eddie Connolly. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. pic.twitter.com/2xrGbmFmjg— DIT GAA (@DITGAA) September 18, 2015