Thousands Pay Respects At Funeral Of Dillon Quirke

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The Requiem Mass for Dillon Quirke has just concluded in John the Baptist Church in Clonoulty.

The Mass was led by PP Fr Tom Hearne.  

The priest asked the congregation to wait until the after the burial to offer sympathies to the family.

Representatives of the President and the Taoiseach attended.

The president of the GAA Larry McCarty was present as were the 2022 Clonoulty Rossmore Senior panel, the 2018 Tipperary U20 All Ireland winning team,  their backroom Team and many former teammates from club and county.

The Cathaoirleach of Tipperary  County Council Cllr Roger Kennedy attended as did several other public representatives.

A special message from the Archbishop Ciaran O’Reilly, patron of the GAA was read to those present.

Dr O’Reilly described Dillon’s death  as a cruel blow and expressed confidence that that community would support the family.

Symbols of Dillon’s life were presented – his hurley representing his love for hurling, his red helmet as his trademark while playing, his club’s  Jersey and a Tipperary Jersey that Dillon wore with pride, concert tickets and his lucky pants were also presented.

This brought a gentle laugh from the congregation. – his work apron bearing  the legend  “I am the Boss” and a photograph of his housemates all dressed for an event was also presented.

A sod of turf from Semple Stadium is to be buried with Dillon today.  The congregation also heard from his father Dan and sister Shannon and Uncle Andrew Fryday.