Tipperary GAA player Eddie Connolly has passed away following a long battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by the Tipperary county board earlier this morning.
In recent days support had been growing for Connolly with the ‘Score 4 Eddie’ fundraising drive which has seen many familiar Kilkenny hurling faces from St. Kieran’s College, Colaiste Eamann Rís, and 10-time All-Ireland winner Henry Shefflin.
Tipperary GAA released a short statement on their website earlier this morning.
The death has taken place of former Loughmore-Castleiney and Tipperary player Eddie Connolly after a long battle with cancer. Eddie passed away peacefully last night at home with his family.
At the request of the Connolly 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.
On behalf of the Tipperary County Board, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Connolly family at this sad time.
The 29 year old previoulsy represented Tipperary in both hurling and football during his distinguished career. Diagnosed with brain cancer in late 2013, Connolly had been receiving extensive medical treatment, most recently undergoing a new form of cancer treatment in Spain which prompted with Score 4 Eddie drive from family and friends.
For more information, see the Friends Of St. Lukes.