Northern Ireland

Tyrone PRO Eugene McConnell pays tribute to Tyrone 'legend' Damian Casey

Following the sudden death of hurling star Damian Casey, Tyrone GAA PRO Eugene McConnell tells of his immense contribution to hurling in the county and a player who personified everything that was good about the sport.

Damian Casey who died on Friday in Alicante, Spain
Damian Casey who died on Friday in Alicante, Spain

DAMIAN made his debut for Tyrone senior hurlers against Sligo back in 2012 at the age of 18, and for the next ten years gave unblemished service to hurling in the county.

Damian was, not only talented, he was totally dedicated to the game of hurling.

He loved nothing more than representing his beloved Tyrone but equally he loved to represent his home club Eoghan Ruadh in Dungannon.

Damian personified everything that was good about sportsmanship.

He played hard but fair and his skills were admired near and far.

He worked hard to develop his talents and at all times strived to do more and more to make himself better.

The scoring feats of Damian were well known the length and breadth of Ireland.

In 101 games in total he amassed 1,000 points in total - an achievement that is recognised as simply amazing.

Damian will be a terrible loss to his club and equally to his county and Tyrone senior hurling.

A legend has sadly left the pitch and we will miss him sorely.