Athlete, 29, dies in pool accident while attending wedding overseas

Damien Casey, 29, played for Eoghan Ruadh GAA hurling club and at inter-county level for Tyrone senior hurling team before the tragedy.

Damian Casey has played for Eoghan Ruadh GAA Hurling Club and at inter-county level for Tyrone Senior Hurling Team

An athlete has died in a pool accident at a wedding in Spain.

Damian Casey was one of the best pitchers in the country and now many have decided to pay touching tributes to him after his tragic death.

The 29-year-old died in a swimming pool while attending a friend’s wedding.

Mr Casey from Dungannon, County Tyrone, has been touted as a talented figure in popular Irish sport.

The 29-year-old has played for Eoghan Ruadh GAA hurling club and at inter-county level for Tyrone senior hurling team.

Manchester Evening News reports the tragic news where the Gaelic Academy at the University of Ulster paid tribute to his abilities,

UUGA tweeted: “Our deepest sympathy goes out to them, and our focus must now be on providing the support and comfort that will be so sorely needed.







Damian Casey practicing the sport he loved in Croke Park, Dublin
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“Damian Casey was a special gift to Tyrone and to hurling. We were the richest for his presence and the poorest for his passing.”

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Damian, esteemed UU graduate and Fitzgibbon pitcher.

“We express our deepest sympathy and offer our deepest condolences to the entire family circle at this very sad time.”

The Gaelic Players Association tweeted: “Players across Ireland are devastated for Damian Casey’s family and friends and for all at Dungannon Hurling Club and Tyrone GAA.

“Damian stood out as a person and a leader. On the pitch, he was a magician of rare skill. He was one of us. He was among the best of us.”

Political figures in Ireland lent their sympathy to the tragedy.

Michelle O’Neill, leader of Sinn Fein, tweeted: “The community of Dungannon is heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of Damian Casey, a fantastic bowler.

“Thinking of his devastated parents and sisters, his family and friends, his teammates and everyone who loved him.

The player’s death comes just weeks after playing for the county in the Nickey Rackard Cup at Croke Park.

BelfastLive reports Tyrone County Council, has paid tribute to the respected pitcher.

“Grief and grief can take many forms, but are especially cruel when brought on by the sudden death of someone who is young, talented, outgoing and in the prime of life,” reads a statement posted on their Facebook page.

The statement describes how Gaelic Tyrone “is totally shaken by the news of the tragic death of Damian Casey, a Supreme Howler at the height of his powers”.

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County Tyrone Chairman Michael Kerr added: “This breaking news is incredible.

“Someone who brought honor, fun and simple, straightforward joy to our entire county, and far beyond, is gone and it’s so hard to accept.

“Very difficult days lie ahead for Sean, Susan, Louise and Catherine, for Damian’s extended family circle and many friends and associates, for his teammates and for the Gaels of Dungannon and Tyrone.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to them, and our focus must now be on providing the support and comfort that will be so sorely needed.”

The board said Damian Casey was “a special gift to Tyrone and to hurling”.

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