Tipperary senior hurlers will face defending all-Ireland champions Limerick in a challenge match at 2pm on Sunday, next at FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles, with all proceeds being donated to the Dillon Quirke Foundation.
Dillon Quirke, a Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary hurler, was 24 when he collapsed during a match and died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) on 5th August 2022 in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Subsequently, the Dillon Quirke Foundation was established by his family with the aim of providing widespread cardiac screening for young people (aged 12-18) involved in sport.
Dan Quirke, Dillon’s father says “Semple Stadium is where we tragically lost Dillon to SADS in August 2022. But it’s also a pitch on which he played regularly and spent many very happy hours.” Mr Quirke adds that Dillon’s passion, talent, and love for the game will live on, especially through the life-saving work of the Foundation.
Over 200 children and young people have already been screened to date. An official launch for the Foundation and it’s plans for the next decade is to be held in the near future.
Tickets, which are available to purchase online at this link here or at the gate on the day. All proceeds will go directly towards the Dillon Quirke Foundation’s work in delivering life-saving cardiac screenings for young people involved in sport across the country.
The game will also be broadcast live by Tipperary GAA’s official streaming partner Clubber with all proceeds going to the Dillon Quirke Foundation. Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) takes 100 young lives in Ireland every year. The Foundation’s aim is to raise awareness and save lives by screening every young sports player both male and female aged 12-18.