Limerick to face Tipperary in charity hurling game for Dillon Quirke Foundation:
By John Keogh Limerick Leader Sport
LIMERICK continue their preparation for the defence of their Allianz Hurling League Division 1 title when they face Tipperary on Sunday in a charity game for the Dillon Quirke foundation.
John Kiely’s men play Antrim in their opening league fixture on Sunday week and the game in Thurles this weekend is ideal preparation for that.
All funds raised from the game will go directly to the Dillon Quirke Foundation. Dillon was 24 when he collapsed during a hurling match and died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) during a club game in August 2022 at Semple Stadium.
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.
“Semple Stadium is where we tragically lost Dillon to SADS in August 2022,” said Dan Quirke, Dillon’s father. “But it’s also a pitch on which he played regularly and spent many very happy hours. His passion, talent, and love for the game will live on in all of our hearts, and through the life-saving work of the Foundation.
“Thanks to our generous and passionate community of supporters, over 200 children and young people have already been screened – and that number is growing fast.
“In the coming weeks, we will be holding an official launch for the Foundation where we’ll be unveiling our long-term aims and what we hope to achieve over the next decade. For now, I look forward to an exciting game on Sunday, it won’t be one to miss!”
Tickets, which are available to purchase online or at the gate on the day, are €20 for adults and free for U16s, who are accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will go directly towards the Dillon Quirke Foundation’s vital work in delivering life-saving cardiac screenings for young people involved in sport across the country.