SHANNON RFC have this Sunday evening paid tribute to Anthony Foley, their former legendary number eight who passed away suddenly in Paris.
Munster head coach Foley won five All-Ireland League titles with Shannon, captaining the Parish side to glory in 1997-1998. The 42-year-old also won three Munster Senior Cups with the Parish side.
Shannon RFC President Noel Healy, whose friendship with the late Anthony Foley transcended rugby, was ‘absolutely devastated’ with the news.
In a post on Shannon RFC’s Facebook page, Noel Healy wrote: “I lost one of my dearest friends today at 42 years of age. I’m still trying to come to terms with it. My deepest sympathies to his wife Olive and their two boys, and his family and friends.”
The Shannon statement on their Facebook page continued: “Following today’s absolutely devastating news, we in Shannon RFC are at a loss to comprehend the tragedy of the passing of one of our quintessential club legends, Anthony Foley.
“Anthony was a hero that spanned generations and his loss will be felt throughout the rugby world.
“Shannon rugby club was in Anthony’s blood from the day he was born. Despite the fact that he went on to become one of Munster and Irelands greatest ever servants, the club was always close to his heart.
“Through the glorious years of the All Ireland League Anthony was one of the driving forces of the team that dominated Irish Rugby.
“Despite the fact that we have lost one of our club heroes and the rugby world has lost on if its greats, we are very conscious of the fact that a family have lost a father, a husband, a brother and a son.
“To his wife Olive and his two children, his parents Brendan and Sheila, his sisters Rosie and Orla and his extended family and friends we offer our deepest sympathies.
“It is through these dark times that we appreciate the family around us in Shannon and we offer any support and comfort that we can at this very sad time.
Shannon RFC are having a book of condolences outside Thomond Park for members, friends and supporters to acknowledge and appreciate Anthony Foley’s ‘immense contribution’ to our club.
Anthony Foley’s Shannon RFC Record
• 5 All Ireland League Titles – Captain in 1997-98
• Played all 48 games in Shannon’s 4 in row from 1994/95 – 1997-98
• 88 All Ireland League Appearances
• 1st All Ireland League game 1992 V Young Munster Final
• All Ireland League Game V Blackrock 2007
• 3 Munster senior cups
• 1st Shannon Irish Senior Captain V Samoa 2001.