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Tipperary star loses battle with cancer

Eddie Connolly
Eddie Connolly

Tipperary GAA star Eddie Connolly has passed away following a long battle with cancer.

Eddie represented the Premier County at all grades in both hurling and football and was captain of the Tipperary Intermediate hurling team that won the All-Ireland in 2012.

The Loughmore-Castleiney club man was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and has been battling the condition ever since.

Connolly made headlines last year when he came on as a substitute as his club booked their place in the Tipperary hurling decider.

He had recently travelled to Spain for a new form of cancer treatment at a fundraiser at Thurles Greyhound Stadium for the Eddie Connolly Trust Fund was due to take place tonight, and still goes ahead.

A statement from the Tipperary County Board read: “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.”