Members of the Limerick city and county council paid respect to the late Munster rugby head coach Anthony Foley at the Metropolitan District Meeting on Monday.
Opening the meeting at City Hall, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Michael Hourigan said of the passing of the 42-year-old: “Sudden death brings a reality to us all.”
The Fine Gael Councillor also said that Mr Foley was “an inspiration to all of us” and noted that this was a sad day for Limerick and the home of Munster rugby, Thomond Park.
Fianna Fail Councillor James Collins, who was visibly upset speaking of the passing of his former schoolmate and teammate, also paid tribute to the Munster coach:
“It’s so difficult to be here today with his loss. He was a pleasure to play with, a man amongst the boys.”
The Limerick City West Cllr, who played rugby with Mr Foley at St Munchin’s, also recalled congratulating the former player on taking up the position of coach for Munster, to which he said: “his role was more political than mine.”
Mr Collins concluded his tribute with a saying from St Munchin’s Rugby: “Our flag will fly forever.”
Each councillor also extended their condolences to Mr Foley’s wife Olive and his two children.
Fine Gael Councillor for Limerick City West Daniel Butler noted the “unimaginable” loss to the former rugby player’s family.
Paul Keller of AAA, who stated though he had never attended a rugby game that there was: “an air of grief around Limerick” since the news of Mr Foley’s death was announced.
The IRFU confirmed the tragic death of the Limerick great on Sunday, October 16.