There was a massive comeback from Limerick yesterday in the Munster hurling final and it was led by Limerick’s 23 year old hurler Kyle Hayes with one of the best goals you will ever see. He dedicated that performance to he’s good friend Darren Whelan that passed away in Greece.
“He’s had a really tough week. Darren O’Connell as well. Their good friend Darren Whelan passed away tragically last weekend.
“It’s an awful blow to them young lads, and it’s a reminder to us all, the fragility of life. We saw it again this weekend with Monaghan’s [U20] captain Brendan Óg Duffy. What a terrible, terrible tragedy.
“All valuable young men in their families and their communities, making a huge difference to their wider communities. We’re just grateful that we have these young men, all of us in Tipperary and Limerick and Galway and Cork and wherever they are from. We’re very lucky to have them and we’ve to try and mind them.
“Terrible tragedies and desperate losses. It hits these boys tremendously when something like that happens. But, you know, hats off to Kyle. It was difficult for him to do what he did today, and at times he found it hard outside there on the pitch.
“But like everything Kyle does, he gives it his all. There’s no reverse. It’s only going forward with Kyle Hayes. That’s the bottom line and I hope that’s the way he’ll continue to be. And he can dedicate that performance to his great friend.”
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 18, 2021