In the previous couple of hours it has been revealed that Tyrone hurling legend Damian Casey has tragically died on the tender age of 29 whereas on vacation in Spain.

It’s understood Mr Casey was in Spain for a marriage the place he was to be finest man.

He died after an accident in a swimming pool.

Thought to be Tyrone’s biggest slinger, Mr. Casey leaves a legacy that can be laborious to surpass.

The Dungannon native performed for Eoghan Ruadh Membership and entrance row for Tyrone Seniors in 2012.

The complete ahead began his county’s first recreation this season and amazingly he is began each recreation for Tyrone since – 100 video games in complete. To place that in context, Galway Hurling’s longtime midfielder David Burke, 32, will turn out to be his county’s report holder with 63 video games once they play Cork later right now.

Extremely, Damian Casey scored in 100 appearances in each single recreation.

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Damian Casey in motion throughout this yr’s Nicky Rackard Cup remaining in opposition to Roscommon at Croke Park. Picture: INPHO/Tom Maher

Damian Casey in motion throughout this yr’s Nicky Rackard Cup remaining in opposition to Roscommon at Croke Park. Picture: INPHO/Tom Maher

Final month Tyrone defeated Roscommon by 5 factors within the Nicky Rackard Cup remaining. That day, Mr. Casey collected 14 of the group’s 1-21 complete.

Within the semifinals, he posted a formidable 1-12, which additionally put him over the 400 World Championship factors mark.

General, the sniper amassed 39 objectives and 908 factors for Tyrone within the league and championship throughout his decade of service — or 1,025 factors.

Mr Casey’s report makes him one of many nation’s deadliest strikers in recent times and his stats rival the senior championship greats together with Patrick Horgan of Cork, the all-time main scorer at senior stage.

In truth, Horgan’s factors common per recreation is round 8.4, whereas Damian Casey’s was 10.01 on his final outing.

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Damien Casey. Credit score: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Damien Casey. Credit score: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

In dialog with the Belfast Telegraph Final month, Mr. Casey humbly spoke about being his county’s report goalscorer.

“I suppose I did not suppose a lot of it,” he mentioned.

“In a manner I used to be fortunate. I have been via a couple of accidents with the assistance of painkillers and injections and stuff.

“However I have been comparatively fortunate over the previous 10 years the place I have been comparatively injury-free. And I used to be additionally on the Frees for about eight of these ten years, so the report has improved a bit too.”

He continued, “Do not get me incorrect, it is a lovely report. However would I halve that to win right here this weekend? In fact you’d.

“Definitely I might count on the purpose percentages to go up once I’m on the frees and that. In the event that they weren’t I would be disenchanted in myself within the sense that you just want them to undergo them.

“I might choose myself based mostly on the sport outcomes and my total dedication. They do not actually come naturally with Frees, however I might count on them to be over.”

Damian Casey has represented Eire a number of instances in opposition to Scotland within the glittering internationals and he was a two-time GAA/GPA Champion 15 award winner.

With Dungannon he received two Tyrone Membership Championships. He led his county to victory within the Nicky Rackard Cup thrice and in addition received the Lory Meagher Cup and the Division 3A and 3B Nationwide Hurling Leagues.

The information of his demise despatched shockwaves via the GAA group.

In an announcement acknowledging his tragic demise, Tyrone instructed GAA, “Heartbreak and grief can are available many varieties however are notably merciless when attributable to the sudden demise of a younger, proficient, outgoing particular person within the prime of life.

“Accordingly, Gaelic Tyrone is devastated by the information of the tragic demise of Damian Casey, a supreme slinger on the peak of his powers.”

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