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With Dillon Quirke's untimely passing a shining light that will never be forgotten has gone out in Tipperary hurling

Vincent Hogan


The player’s death at 24 has rocked his home parish of Clonoulty and the entire hurling world of which he looked destined for greatness

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Members of the senior Tipperary hurling team carry the remains of Dillon Quirke followed by family and friends

Members of the senior Tipperary hurling team carry the remains of Dillon Quirke followed by family and friends

Manager Joe Hayes (opposite page) celebrates with Clonoulty/ Rossmore’s Dillon Quirke after the Tipperary SHC final in 2018

Manager Joe Hayes (opposite page) celebrates with Clonoulty/ Rossmore’s Dillon Quirke after the Tipperary SHC final in 2018

Dillon Quirke gets away from Galway’s Cathal Mannion in a league game at Pearse Stadium in March 2020

Dillon Quirke gets away from Galway’s Cathal Mannion in a league game at Pearse Stadium in March 2020

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Members of the senior Tipperary hurling team carry the remains of Dillon Quirke followed by family and friends

Even for those of us who never met him, there is the enduring impression – above all – of a wonderful smile.

Of a young man with eyes that carried a lot of light in them, the light of mischief and drive and perhaps a certain fearlessness. Tuesday was a day of glazed expressions and low voices in Clonoulty as they took Dillon Quirke to his final resting place under a hot August sun.


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