SHANNON RFC Club President Noel Healy said he was still trying to come to terms with news of Anthony Foley's sudden death in Paris.
Foley, who won five All-Ireland League titles with Shannon, captained the successful side in the 1997-98 season. The former number eight played all 48 games in Shannon’s famed four-in-a-row of AIL wins from 1994/95 to 1997/98.
For good measure, Foley also claimed three Munster Senior Cup medals with the Parish side.
Paying tribute heartbroken Shannon RFC President Noel Healy said: “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. “
A statement from Shannon RFC read: “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.
“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.”