Damian Casey, 29, led Tyrone with 14 points, nine free throws, two 65s, and three points from play in last month’s Nicky Rackard Cup final victory over Roscommon.
Damian Casey, a leading Tyrone hurler, has passed away.
On Friday, Eoghan Ruadh, a Dungannon club member, died in a horrific swimming accident in Spain.
Casey, 29, led Tyrone with 14 points, nine free throws, two 65s, and three points from play in last month’s Nicky Rackard Cup final victory over Roscommon.
It was his 40th appearance for the county as a senior. Casey held the incredible distinction of scoring in all four championship games, totaling 414 points.
Tyrone achieved promotion to Division 2B by defeating Armagh in the Division 3A final in Owenbeg in April, with Casey scoring 1-10.
He totaled nearly 1,000 points in league and championship play (39-908).
Casey, regarded as one of, if not the best Tyrone hurler, led the county to four county hurling titles last year. In the Lory Meagher Cup in 2012, he made his championship debut for the Red Hands. This was his tenth year in a row competing in the Rackard Cup.
“Heartbreak and sadness can come in many forms, but they are especially harsh when brought about by the abrupt death of someone young, creative, outgoing, and in the prime of life,” Tyrone GAA said late last night on its website.
“As a result, the news of Damian Casey’s terrible death, a superb hurler just at the zenith of his powers, has left Gaelic Tyrone completely rocked.”
“This startling news is unbelievable,” Tyrone County Chair Michael Kerr said, astonished. “Someone who brought honor, happiness, and basic, honest joy to our entire sounty, and far beyond, has passed away, and it’s difficult to comprehend.”
“Sean, Susan, Louise, and Catherine, as well as Damian’s extended family and numerous friends and associates, his team-mates, and the Gaels of Dungannon and Tyrone, face very trying days ahead.”
“Our hearts go out to them, and our attention now must be on providing the support and comfort that they will so desperately need.”
“D’imigh t I mbláth na hóige, ar Sholas na bhFlaitheas go raibh d’anam | You died in the prime of your life, may the Light of Heaven be imparted to your soul.”
“We are deeply grieved to read of the unfortunate loss of Damian, distinguished alumnus of UU and Fitzgibbon hurler,” the Ulster University Gaelic Academy tweeted.
“At this very sad moment, we express our heartfelt sympathies and sincere condolences to the entire family circle.”
“Players across Ireland are grieved for Damian Casey’s family and friends, as well as for those at Dungannon hurling club and Tyrone GAA,” the Gaelic Players Association tweeted.
“As a person and a leader, Damian stood out. He was a rare-skilled magician on the pitch. He was a member of our group. He was up there with the best of us.”