‘A supreme hurler just now at the peak of his powers' - Tyrone GAA pay tribute to Damian Casey following tragic death

Paul McConville

Tyrone hurling star Damian Casey has died just weeks after leading his county to Nickey Rackard Cup success.

It is understood the Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon clubman died following an accident while on holiday in Spain. A statement released by Tyrone GAA described him as ‘a supreme hurler just now at the peak of his powers’.

Casey (29) was also one of the top scorers in the National League as he played a major role in the Red Hands’ winning of the Division 3A title.

Tyrone GAA chairman Michael Kerr paid tribute to Casey, saying in a statement:

"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.

“Damian Casey was a special gift to Tyrone and to hurling. We were the richer for his presence and are the poorer for his passing.”

In a statement on social media, the Gaelic Players Association said:

"Damian stood out as a person & leader. On the pitch he was a magician of rare skill. He was one of us. He was among the best of us."

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