The GAA community is in mourning today following the death of a Tipperary dual star. Eddie Connolly, from the Loughmore-Castleiney club was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and battled the condition bravely for the last two years before sadly passing away last night.
He participated in a cancer fundraiser Gaelic Football game in 2014 and was the inspiration for the 'Score 4 Eddie' fundraiser initiative which has been gathering huge attention on social media.
Eddie Connolly represented the Premier County at all grades in both hurling and football and captained Tipperary Intermediate hurling team to victory in the 2012 All-Ireland. He also came on as a substitute last year to help Loughmoure-Castleiney secure their place in the county final.
Tributes for the deceased Tipperary star are currently pouring in on social media:
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. A true warrior & inspiration to us all. Thoughts are with his family & friends. @Loughmore_Gaa pic.twitter.com/QNdcTCLQ1i
— Shane Long (@ShaneLong7) September 18, 2015
Sad to hear the passing of Eddie Connolly.thoughts wit his family,friends and team http://t.co/iu2HyaXCfn @TipperaryGAA @officialgaa
— Eoin Larkin (@11larky) September 18, 2015
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
According to the Tipperary County Board, Eddie Connolly died peacefully at home with his family. A fundraiser for the Eddie Connolly trust scheduled to take place in the Thurles Greyhound stadium will still go ahead in honour of his memory.