It is with great regret and sadness we record the death of Eddie Connolly, Loughmore/Castleiney, who sadly passed away last night peacefully at home with his family
Eddie was born on October 22nd, 1985 and played for the Loughmore Castleiney GAA club. Eddie won County and Munster Club Championship honours with Loughmore Castleiney in 2007.
Eddie played for the Tipperary Under 21 Footballers in 2006 and was part of the Tipperary Senior Football panel in 2006 and 2007. In continuing his upward ascent Eddie finally arrived on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel in 2011, making his National Hurling League debut against Offaly at corner-back in March 2011. Further success followed when Eddie captained Tipperary to Munster and All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling titles in 2012.
In late 2013, Eddie was diagnosed with brain cancer. Since then he had been bravely and courageously battling to overcome his illness and had a terrific outlook on life and was undergoing a new form of cancer treatment in Spain.
The Eddie Connolly Trust Fund was established to help fund this special cancer treatment for Eddie by organising a special “Night at the Dogs” for tonight, Friday September 18th at Thurles Greyhound Stadium.
At the request of his family, tonight’s Eddie Connolly Trust Fund “Night at the Dogs” at Thurles Greyhound Stadium will still go ahead in a celebration of Eddie’s life as the GAA community of his native Loughmore Castleiney, Tipperary and further afield come together to honour and remember Eddie.
In paying tribute to Eddie Connolly, Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke said, “When the light of life is extinguished in someone young it always strikes to the heart with immense pain and grief. With the passing of Eddie Connolly that pain and grief is more intensified because Eddie was determined to overcome this battle and get back to what he did and loved best, playing for his club and county.
Eddie took to this his greatest test with the same determination and belief that he carried to the fields of play with Loughmore Castleiney and Tipperary, a true warrior in every sense of the word.
On behalf of Tipperary County Board we extend our heartfelt condolences to his mother and father, Maureen and Jim, sisters and brothers, Niamh, Fiona, James and Gerard at this very difficult time.”
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Funeral arrangement to follow.
Statement on behalf of the Tipperary County GAA Board