Online condolence book opens for Damian Casey ahead of Tyrone Hurler’s funeral

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An online condolence book has been opened in memory of Tyrone pitcher Damian Casey ahead of his funeral this weekend.

The digital book can be signed on the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council website until July 15.

The council opened the book to honor the “extremely talented” sportsman who died last Friday in Spain.

The 29-year-old County senior player and member of Dungannon’s Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club collapsed in a swimming pool in Alicante, where he had attended a friend’s wedding. The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed.

His body was returned to Ireland last night with the help of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, and a funeral will be held at St Patrick’s Church in Dungannon on Sunday.

As a mark of respect, Tyrone GAA has announced that all matches scheduled to take place in the county this weekend will be postponed.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council chairman Barry McElduff said: “Damian Casey was a hugely talented bowler who was highly regarded inside and far beyond Co Tyrone.

“Losing a talented player at such a young age and in such tragic circumstances is a traumatic experience for his family, friends, teammates and the local community.

“Opening the condolence book online will allow our fellow citizens to register and offer their condolences to the family of Damian Casey.”

After the online portal closes, the digital messages will be printed and bound in a physical book

A Tyrone GAA spokesman said: “The ACL senior/reserve games on Friday/Saturday and the Under 17/19 games on Sunday will no longer take place this weekend and will be rescheduled with a double round of fixtures longer. late in the summer.”

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