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Tributes Paid As Tyrone Hurling Legend Damian Casey Passes Away

Tributes Paid As Tyrone Hurling Legend Damian Casey Passes Away
By Donny Mahoney
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The world of hurling is in shock and mourning today as it's been confirmed that Damian Casey, one of the greatest players to hurl for the Red Hand county, passed away yesterday.

Casey hurled for the Eoghan Ruadh club in Dungannon and made his Tyrone senior debut in 2012. He played over 100 games for his county and scored in every single one.

The Belfast Telegraph are reporting that the 29-year-old died in tragic circumstances due to an accident experienced in a swimming pool. He reportedly was in Spain as a groomsman for a wedding.

Just last month, Damian Casey inspired Tyrone to victory in the 2022 Nicky Rackard Cup final, scoring 14 points as they beat Roscommon.


He also captained the county to the Nicky Rackard back in 2014.


Tributes paid to Damian Casey

Many emotional tributes have been paid to Casey this morning, from both the world of GAA and politics.

The Tyrone county board released a statement last night saying:

"Heartbreak and grief can come in many forms but are especially cruel when brought about by the sudden death of someone young, talented, outgoing and in the prime of life.

“Accordingly, Gaelic Tyrone is totally shaken by the news of the tragic death of Damian Casey, a supreme hurler just now at the peak of his powers."

Tyrone County Board Chair Michael Kerr added:

"This breaking news is beyond belief.

“Someone who brought honour, delight and simple, straightforward gladness to our whole county, and far beyond, is gone and it’s so hard to take in.

“There are very difficult days ahead for Sean, Susan, Louise and Catherine, for Damian’s wider family circle and many friends and associates, for his team-mates and for the Gaels of Dungannon and Tyrone.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to them, and our focus must now be on providing the support and comfort that will be so badly needed."

Our sympathies are extended to his family, friends and teammates.

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